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10/16/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Findlay police officer was involved in a crash while on duty earlier this week. The police department reports the accident happened in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street.

Officer Ryan Parsons was driving east when he went off the road and hit a power pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for medical treatment. It’s believed a medical episode caused the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.


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10/15/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Fostoria woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident in northern Hancock County Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on State Route 613.

35-year-old Tanya Waltermyer was driving west on Route 613 when she was hit by a black pickup truck that ran a stop sign on Cass Township Road 232. The driver of the truck took off to the north. A short time later the truck was found in Bloomdale.

Jeffery Minard was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign and leaving the scene of an accident. Waltermyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.


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10/15/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies. The Hancock County grand jury handed up an indictment against 24-year-old Andrew Huffman Tuesday. Huffman allegedly attacked Deputy Shane Leeth and Deputy Thomas Miller.

The incident happened last Thursday in Amanda Township.

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10/15/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The Leipsic school district’s website was the target of hackers Tuesday. The Lima News reports staff members were notified about the issue around 8 a.m. People trying to view the website were being directed to another site. The problem was fixed within about 15 minutes.

An email from Superintendent Greg Williamson said that no personal data was taken, because no personal data is stored on the site. Williamson added that the district didn’t believe the hacker was local.

MORE: Lima News

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10/15/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Work continues on Hancock County’s budget. The county commissioners met with the budget commission Tuesday to review third-quarter numbers from this year. Revenue is up for the county, having collected $16.7 million through three-quarters of the year, compared to $16.1 million last year.

Expenses are up a little as well. The county has spent $13.4 million through nine months, which is about $56,000 more than 2013.

The commissioners hope to be able to carry-over $2.5 million from this year’s budget into 2015.

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10/15/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A jury was seated Tuesday for a Findlay murder trial. The Courier reports the jury for Montre Robinson consists of nine-women and three-men. Robinson is accused in the murder of Joe Gutierrez III on November 8 of last year at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal Avenues. Prosecutors say Robinson drove the gunman to the scene of the shooting.

The first day of testimony is scheduled to begin today. The jury will visit the site where the shooting happened. It’s expected the trial could last through next week.

The gunman in the shooting pleaded guilty already. 21-year-old Ralph Harris of Findlay will be sentenced after Robinson’s trial.

MORE: The Courier

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The owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics in Wood County is asking for more time to comply with Ohio’s new exotic animal law. Earlier this month, Kenny Hetrick was told he had ten days to surrender his animals to the state or face criminal charges. Hetrick previously said he was defying the state law because he didn’t have the money to follow its requirements, but now says money isn’t an issue because of donations coming in from all over the world.

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10/14/14 – 10:54 A.M.

If you drive by electronic billboards in Findlay, you may have noticed an ad with a caricature and the caption, “Kilroy was here.” Some light on what that means was shed at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. Bob Driftmyer is a past commander of Amvets Post 21 says it’s a nod to World War II vets…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says it can also teach younger generations more about World War II. He says “Kilroy” graffiti was a viral sensation before there was such a thing…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says the caricature served as a morale booster for troops. That’s why you’re seeing it pop up in Findlay recently. The iconic image is being used to salute WWII veterans in the lead up to Veterans Day next month.

The Courier will have an article featuring WWII veterans talking about their favorite Kilroy memories later in October.

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10/14/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our election preview today with a look at one of the candidates running for Congress in Ohio’s 5th District.

Democrat Robert Fry says a big emphasis in his campaign is bringing jobs back to northwest Ohio…

Audio: Robert Fry

Fry says the government is making it too easy for companies to move elsewhere by not enforcing trade regulations.

Fry also says he knows flood mitigation is a big economic issue for Hancock and Putnam Counties…

Audio: Robert Fry

Fry adds the money is there, it’s just a question of having the right people in place to see that it gets where it needs to go.

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10/14/14 – 5:28 A.M.
Update – 6:54 A.M.

A newlywed couple was involved in a fatal crash in Wyandot County over the weekend. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 3:45 p.m. Sunday on Antrim Township Road 135, south of State Route 294.

10TV in Columbus reports 27-year-old Andrew Bloomfield and his new wife Ruth were both in the pickup truck driven by Timothy Tebbe of Nevada. Andrew and another passenger, 26-year-old Elizabeth Shelton were both ejected and killed after the vehicle hit a utility pole and rolled over in a cornfield. Ruth Bloomfield and Tebbe were trapped inside the truck. Ruth was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

The crash remains under investigation.

Andrew and Ruth Bloomfield had just exchanged their wedding vows hours before the crash.

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