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10/30/14 – 5:33 A.M.

There may be a connection between a series of robberies in Bowling Green and Perrysburg. Investigators say there are a lot of similarities. Police are calling the thefts crimes of opportunity. They say the thieves are gaining access to the homes through open garage doors and unlocked front doors.

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10/30/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Findlay police officer who was involved in a crash two weeks ago has not returned to duty. Lt. Robert Ring says Ryan Parsons will not be reinstated until he completes additional testing and a doctor clears him to return.

Parsons said he blacked out while driving his cruiser in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street on October 14. His car went off the road and hit a power pole. Parsons was treated for minor injuries.

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10/30/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Toledo woman will spend three years in prison for attacking a Findlay Village Mall employee. The Courier reports 19-year-old Asia Burwell pleaded guilty to a robbery charge. She sprayed an employee at the Buckle clothing store with pepper spray on May 24 as the man tried to stop her from shoplifting.

Judge Reginald Routson cited multiple pending theft cases against Burwell as a reason for the prison sentence. He added he would consider early release for good behavior since the robbery was Burwell’s first felony.

MORE: The Courier

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10/30/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Putnam County’s largest employer is expanding. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that KMI Manufacturing in Kalida is adding new equipment that will see the company add more than 60 jobs in the future.

The expansion will also see some heavy-duty equipment shipped to the village. KMI Associate Vice President Brian Niese says three “superloads” are bringing the larger machine components in. Trailers that are more than 200 feet long will bring in shipments from Dayton and the Port of Baltimore Maryland.

KMI manufactures parts for the auto industry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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10/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Fostoria man was found guilty yesterday for his role in an arson fire that killed two people. The Review-Times reports a jury of six men and six women deliberated for nearly 8 hours before delivering guilty verdicts on four charges. Schaeffer was charged with being complicit in the Memorial Day fire set by Shey Weiker.

Weiker set the blaze at 614 S. Poplar Street to get revenge against Daniel Marker Jr., who she accused of committing a sex crime against her son. Schaeffer told Weiker how to use the flare that was used to start the fire. The flames killed Marker and Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was injured escaping the house.

Schaeffer will be sentenced today. He could spend the rest of his life in prison.

MORE: Review Times

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10/30/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Putnam County business was damaged by a fire last night. Firefighters were called to Heaven Sent Kennels and Dog Grooming a little before midnight. The business is located at 4662 Road J-3, northwest of Gilboa.

No one was injured fighting the flames. So far there’s no damage estimate.

Three fire departments were on the scene until around 1:30 a.m.

 

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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.

MORE: Providence Journal

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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.

MORE: The Courier

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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.

MORE: Review Times

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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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