About the author  ⁄ Doug Jenkins

7/26/16 – 12:36 P.M.

The unemployment rate is Hancock County has seen a slight increase. The June 2016 Civilian Labor Force Estimates from the Department of Jobs and Family Services shows that there was a .5% increase in unemployment from May to June. That means unemployment is at 3.9% in Hancock County.

Putnam County also saw a .5% increase and is now at 3.8% of the population unemployed.

Read More →

7/26/16 – 10:52 A.M.

There is a new scam in Ohio according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. It says that another agency in Ohio reported someone calling from the Police and Sheriff Funds asking for donations. The call was made to the sheriff of that county. The caller said the money being raised is for families of law enforcement who have been killed in the line of duty. When asked how officers could apply the line was disconnected

The Sheriff’s office urges you to to do your research. Do not use websites or phone numbers provided by the caller. If you’re asked to give an answer right away or if the deal seems too good to be true just hang up.

Read More →

7/26/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A workplace dispute led to shots being fired at a Fostoria business over the past weekend. The Review-Times reports police officers were called to Pallet Logistics at 1320 North Main Street around 11:50 a.m. Saturday. 26-year-old Kayree Jeffery of Fremont allegedly got into an argument about money with another person at the business. He then fired a handgun and drove away. No one was hurt.

Jeffery was arrested in Fremont. He’s charged with felonious assault and discharge of a firearm. He’s expected to be arraigned today.

MORE: Review-Times

Read More →

7/26/16 – 5:17 A.M.

An effort to drive up blood donations will take place in Putnam County this week. The Lima News reports the Ottawa Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department will take part in the “Battle of the Badges” blood drive Wednesday. The event will take place at the fire department at 850 Agner Street between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The departments are competing to see who can get the most donations made in their name.

For more information call (419)523-4810.

MORE: Lima News

Read More →

7/26/16 – 5:09 A.M.

East Melrose Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road starting today. The city’s engineering department says resurfacing work will take place between 6:30 a.m.and 6:30 p.m. through the rest of the week. A detour will be posted.

You’re urged to avoid the area if possible.

Read More →

7/26/16 – 4:57 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in Findlay Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Bright Road and Croy Drive.

60-year-old Ann Sweigart of Bluffton was driving north on Bright Road when she stopped at the Croy Drive intersection and was hit from behind by a car driven by 33-year-old Courtney Roush of Findlay.

Sweigart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Roush was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

Read More →

7/26/16 – 4:51 A.M.

A fire district in the McComb area officially has a new fire chief. The Courier reports Anthony Stateler has been named as the chief of the Northwest Hancock Fire District. He had been serving as the interim fire chief for the district since April. Stateler takes the place of Jeffery Dawson, who stepped down in March.

Stateler has 17 years of experience with the McComb Fire Department.

The joint fire district includes McComb, as well as Pleasant and Portage townships.

MORE: The Courier

Read More →

7/25/16 – 4:36 P.M.

The Rotary Club heard from a judge on the practice of drug court. Judge Reginald J. Routson of the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas says it is about finding solutions to drug addiction problems through behavioral problem solving. He addressed the Rotary Meeting saying that there are several methods to rehabilitate someone without sending them jail.

Audio: Judge Routson

Drug court allows the judge and a team of professionals to look into a person’s past and psychology to make decisions on how to best deal with them. The people in the program are closely monitored.

The program currently has two graduates, one of which now works with addiction services to help others.

Read More →

7/25/16 – 3:11 P.M.

The 3rd annual Back 2 School Bash is this Saturday at two locations. The event is hosted by area churches and is focused on community and getting school supplies to children in need. Cheryl Larbus works with the event and says there will be fun games to play and prizes to win.

Audio: Cheryl Larbus

Pastor John Poole says that although the event is put on by area churches everyone is welcome.

Audio:  ZJohn Poole

The event will be giving away some bikes and backpacks stuffed with school supplies.  The event is 1-4:30 p.m. at Bernard park and 4-7 p.m. at Riverside Park. Attendance is free.

Read More →

7/25/16 – 7:47 A.M.

A downtown Kenton restaurant was victimized by an armed robber over the weekend. WKTN radio reports officers were called to the Subway at 119 East Columbus Street around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect reportedly ran from the store to a waiting car. The investigation into the incident continues today.

Read More →