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03/27/17 – 4:21 P.M.
The Putnam County Engineer Highway Department will use a grant to install reflective strips to traffic signs. The Putnam County Engineer’s Office reports that they received a $4,000 Highway Safety Improvement Program grant. The money will help with a $5,000 project to install almost 700 extra reflective strips.
Eleven Townships and eight Villages are taking part in the effort as well. They will add over 800 new strips, giving the county over 1,500 reflective strips to improve traffic safety.
The Engineer’s Office said that they will hopefully continue adding more strips throughout the county in future years.
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3/27/17 – 9:58 A.M.
Update – 11:42 A.M.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists a Findlay 3-year-old on their website. However, local authorities don’t believe the girl is in any immediate danger. Findlay Police Lt. Robert Ring says investigators are working to locate 3-year-old Mila Ochoa. Ring says 24-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 39-year-old Rudy Ochoa fled Findlay with their daughter before officials could serve a custody order for the girl.

He adds investigators believe Harris and Ochoa took the girl to Arizona. Ring says local officials entered Ochoa into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database to help assist in locating and recovering her.

The Hancock County Juvenile Court ruled earlier this month that Children’s Services should remove the girl from the care of her parents.


Cheyanne Harris

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3/27/17 – 7:30 A.M.

A Bellevue man is facing felony firearms charges following a weekend traffic stop. The Review-Times reports a Seneca County sheriff’s deputy found several guns inside 32-year-old Jordan Mellon’s car after he pulled Mellon over around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities charged Mellon with a count of improper handling of firearms. Deputies took Mellon into custody at the scene of the traffic stop.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/27/17 – 7:17 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky bar owner is facing gambling charges. The Daily Chief-Union reports the Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Investigative Unit recently served a search warrant at T&T Sports Lounge. Investigators say they removed several illegal gambling devices and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities cited Everett Taylor for gambling and operating a gambling house.

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3/27/17 – 6:58 A.M.

A two-car crash sent a Mount Cory man to the hospital Friday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on State Route 568 near County Road 180 around 9:10 p.m.

44-year-old Kirt Decker was driving east on Route 568 when he drove left of center and hit a westbound car driven by 58-year-old Dreema Sharp of Findlay. Decker’s car went off the road and overturned.

Hanco Ambulance took Decker to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The collision didn’t injure Sharp or her passengers.

The crash remains under investigation. The sheriff’s office says alcohol is a possible factor.

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3/27/17 – 6:48 A.M.

Local gas prices have fallen over the last seven days. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.06 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 13 cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly the same as they were a month ago.

The average price in Ottawa today is $2.09 per gallon. That’s down 10 cents over the last week.

The statewide average is $2.12. That’s on par with the state average from one month ago.

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3/27/17 – 5:38 A.M.

A two-car crash west of Findlay sent three people to the hospital Saturday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened at the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 88 around 8 p.m.

19-year-old Kailtin Roeder of Findlay was driving west on Route 12 when she hit the back of a car driven by 19-year-old Samantha Dalton of Findlay. Dalton had stopped to turn left onto Road 88.

EMS Crews took Roeder, Dalton, and Dalton’s passenger, 41-year-old Jason Foster, to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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3/27/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in eastern Hancock County Sunday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and County Road 330 around 8:40 a.m.

27-year-old Derek Guillod of Findlay was driving east on U.S. 224 when a car driven by 18-year-old Hayden Drain pulled into the intersection. The impact of the crash caused Drain’s pickup truck to flip into a ditch.

Hanco EMS took Drain to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Deputies cited Drain for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign.

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3/27/17 – 5:19 A.M.

Putnam County authorities can’t use a gun found during a traffic stop in the case against a man who wasn’t supposed to have a gun in the first place. The Lima News reports Judge Randall Basinger recently ruled prosecutors can’t use a gun found in Gregory Hister’s car during a traffic stop as evidence. Basinger ruled a search of Hister’s car was unlawful because the search came well after the length of time a normal traffic violation takes to complete.

Authorities charged Hister with having a weapon under disability. He’s not allowed to have a gun because of a previous felony arrest in Michigan. Deputy Jared West pulled Hister over for speeding north of Kalida in October. West said Hister acted agitated, and as a result West called for a K9 unit. When the dog arrived Hister allegedly told West he had a loaded gun under the driver’s seat.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers told the newspaper it’s likely officials will dismiss the case since the gun is no longer admissible evidence.

MORE: Lima News

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3/27/17 – 5:01 A.M.

A Findlay man charged with involuntary manslaughter for the overdose death of a Liberty Township man is set to go to trial today. The Courier reports jury selection starts this morning in the case against 28-year-old Nathan Brown. Authorities charged Brown with manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs in the death of 24-year-old Jarrod Barger.

Investigators say Brown gave Barger fentanyl in January 2016. Fentanyl is several times more powerful than morphine.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle tells the newspaper he expects the trial to last two days.

Brown pleaded not guilty to the charges he’s facing in December. He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

MORE: The Courier

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