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11/28/16 – 5:33 A.M.

A state trooper arrested a Michigan man following a short high-speed chase in Fostoria Saturday morning. A state trooper was doing a registration check on a car driven by 24-year-old Devan Ridgway when Ridgway sped off. The chase went south on Countyline Street then left on Culbertson Street. When Ridgway crossed railroad tracks east of Main Street he went airborne, lost control, and hit a mobile home at 857 Lynn Street. The chase hit speeds of 80 miles-per-hour. It lasted around 35 seconds.

29-year-old Tyler Orwick of Findlay was a passenger in the car. Police found him on the ground following the crash. Ridgway and another passenger, 31-year-old Ryan Hook of Fostoria, ran away. Police caught them a short time later.

There was one person in the mobile home when the car hit it. The resident wasn’t hurt.

Police have charged Ridgway with multiple traffic charges, a count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, and a count of unlawful restraint. The unlawful restraint charge because officers say Ridgway wouldn’t let the passengers out of the car.

MORE: Review-Times

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11/25/16 – 12:45 A.M.

For victims of rape, the crime often doesn’t end even after the jury reaches a verdict in the case. Ashley Ritz is the Executive Director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. She says a disturbing trend sees rape victims become online targets for cyber-bullying…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ritz says rape is already one of the most under-reported crimes. She adds the cyber-bullying of rape victims is one reason for that.

The comments directed at rape victims often focus on their physical appearance. “You couldn’t keep your fat legs shut” and “she’s not pretty enough to be raped” are just a couple of comments victims find themselves subjected to. Ritz says comments like that are unfortunate and often stem from a misunderstanding of rape…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ritz says she suggests victims shut down their social media for a while, especially after the verdict…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ritz also says victims should let law enforcement know if they receive threats online.

Ritz has a direct message for people who would harass rape victims online…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

There is help for rape victims in these situations. Ritz encourages people to call Open Arms at (419)422-4766.

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11/28/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity is moving forward with their tenth home. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the agency signed an agreement earlier this month to build a new home in Ottawa. Becky Gable-Giblin and her daughter Mariah are partnering with the agency for the house.

The agency built a home in Leipsic earlier this year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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11/28/16 – 5:13 A.M.

We should know who will fill an empty Hancock County Commissioner’s seat by the end of the day. The Hancock County Republican Central Committee is holding a meeting tonight to interview the candidates. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Findlay City Council chambers. The seat opened when former Commissioner Phil Riegle accepted an appointment to be the county prosecutor.

Since Riegle is a Republican, the GOP gets to pick the replacement for his term. Local GOP chair Jim Baker tells the Courier he hasn’t told committee members who the candidates are. He added, “we’re trying to be fair with the candidates and the committee.”

Each candidate has three minutes to make a presentation to the committee. They’ll answer questions from committee members after that. The candidate with the majority of the votes from the committee wins the nomination.

MORE: The Courier

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11/28/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Findlay Police are looking for two men who broke into the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Sunday evening. Lt. Robert Ring says an employee called officers to the store at 2040 Tiffin Avenue just after 7 p.m. The employee was checking on the business and found the men had broken into the store. There was a scuffle between the suspects and the employee, who suffered minor injuries but refused treatment. The men ran away without taking anything from the store.

The suspects were both white men in dark clothing. They were wearing blue jeans, and one of the men was wearing a blue sweatshirt. Officers checked the area but could not find anyone matching that description.

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11/28/16 – 4:17 A.M.

Funeral arrangements are pending for the Wood County sheriff’s deputy who died in an accidental shooting. The sheriff’s office says an investigation is underway into Al Adams’ death this past weekend, but all signs indicate no foul play. Adams was off duty when he shot himself at his home on State Route 65 in Grand Rapids.

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Things are getting back to normal following a crash on I-75 northbound that backed up traffic in Findlay following a crash near the U.S 68 split. Local Waze users said the backup started just south of the State Route 12 interchange and stretched past the Lima Avenue overpass. U.S. 68 was also backed up as a result of the crash.  It appears traffic is thinning out now.

We’ll have more details on the crash as they become available.

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11/23/16 – 11:27 A.M.

Local law enforcement officials are stepping up efforts to reduce fatal crashes in the area, but they say they need your help. Lt. Matt Crow is with the State Highway Patrol and says distracted driving continues to be a big issue…

Audio: Matt Crow

Crow says law enforcement is seeing an increase in people driving off the road and rear-ending people. He adds those types of crashes are usually caused by a distraction.

With the holidays approaching, local law enforcement agencies are working together to try and keep people safe on area roadways…

Audio: Matt Crow

Lt. Matt Crow is with the State Highway Patrol and says officers are also looking for impaired and distracted drivers.

There have been 15 fatal crashes on roads in Hancock County this year. That’s compared to 10 last year and eight in 2014.

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11/23/16 – 5:46 A.M.

If you think your vote doesn’t matter, a political race in Hardin County might change your mind. WKTN Radio reports Roger Crowe defeated Robert Carder by two votes in a county commissioners contest. The Hardin County Board of Elections met Monday to count 215 provisional votes and 35 absentee ballots.

The newly announced two vote margin triggers an automatic recount.

MORE: WKTN Radio

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11/23/16 – 5:32 A.M.

A Tuesday morning fire severely damaged an Upper Sandusky home. The Upper Sandusky Fire Department reports firefighters saw flames coming from a garage at 410 West Spring Street as they arrived around 9:45 a.m. One person was home and was able to escape safely.

The fire department says an electrical issue likely sparked the blaze.

Upper Sandusky EMS took one firefighter to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of health issues.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family who lived in the home.

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