Review Category : Local News

Lima Woman Found Competent To Stand Trial In Sex Crime Case

4/24/14 – 10:50 A.M.

A Lima woman accused of a variety of sex crimes has been found competent to stand trial. WLIO-TV reports that ruling was made in the case of 42-year-old Tina Hill this week. Hill faces two counts of rape and complicity to rape. She also faces 40 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, and 11 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. She has pleaded not guilty.

Because of how serious the alleged crimes are, an independent competency evaluation has been ordered.


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Domestic Violence Awareness Event Set For This Weekend In Findlay

4/24/14 – 10:39 A.M.

Findlay community members will take a stand against domestic violence this weekend. The annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event is set for this Saturday at Riverside Park, and will see men walking around in high heels for a good cause…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ashley Ritz of the Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center talked about the event on WFIN this week. She says the event helps spread awareness of the issue and lets people know it is a problem in Hancock County.

Audio: Ashley Ritz

The money raised by the event helps fund the organizations general operations.

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Chamber Gives Businesses A Heads Up On Potential Phone Scam

4/24/14 – 7:36 A.M.

Area store owners need to be on the look out for a scam involving customers using business phones. The scam works like this; first a customer will ask to use your phone. When they do, they’ll forward calls to a cell phone number. The person will then try and write a check to a check cashing business and have you cash it. When you call to verify, you’ll talk to someone on the cell phone who will tell you to go ahead and cash the bogus check.

A local barber shop told the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce about the incident. The chamber then posted about it on their Facebook page.

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Van Buren Man Killed In Early Morning Crash

4/24/13 – 6:34 A.M.

A one-car crash killed a Van Buren man early this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Justin Potteiger lost his life in in a crash on Allen Township Road 232 north of State Route 613. The accident happened around 12:30 a.m.

Potteiger lost control of his Dodge Journey as he crossed the intersection. His car hit a ditch and then a tree. Potteiger was not wearing a seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Fostoria Man Tased Following Foot Chase

4/24/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria police tased a man after he led officers on a foot chase Wednesday afternoon. The Review-Times reports an officer chased the suspect down several streets before he was able to detain him. The man tried to run again after officers caught him, at which point the officers used their tasers.

No other details have been released.

MORE: Review-Times

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Findlay Schools Superintendent Hired To Run Allen County ESC

4/24/14 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay City Schools superintendent Dean Wittwer is taking a job in Allen County. The Allen County Educational Service Center board voted this week to hire Wittwer as the next superintendent for the agency. He’ll be paid $95,000 a year for two years. Wittwer will oversee the superintendents in the Allen County school districts.

Wittwer is retiring from his position in Findlay at the end of the school year. He’ll begin his duties in Allen County on August 1.

The Findlay school board has hired Edward Kurt to replace Wittwer.

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French Ambassador Speaks In Findlay

4/24/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The French Ambassador to the United States talked about the relationship between the two countries while in Findlay Wednesday. Francois Delattre spoke on the University of Findlay campus. He said that the two countries are together on “every single important issue.”

That partnership extend to economics. Delattre says France is among the top five foreign investors in the United States. Ohio sees a big benefit of that, with 14,000 jobs in the state linked to French companies.

The ambassador says the U.S. and France are also aligned well when it comes to global security. Delattre said the French have been battling al-Qaida in Africa, and are opposed to a nuclear Iran.

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Tiffin Parents Want Superintendent To Step Down

4/23/14 – 11:49 A.M.

The Superintendent of the Tiffin school district has come under fire. Media partner WTOL 11 reports some parents in the district are calling for Vicki Wheatley’s removal. A petition going around the district says Wheatley’s current and past actions “reflect negatively on the district.”

There are also allegations Wheatley circulated “negative documents” at a March 11 meeting. The school board investigated the claims and took no action.

Wheatley just took over the superintendent position in January. She had previously been the principal at Wickliffe High School in northeast Ohio. The News-Herald in Eastlake Ohio reports Wheatley was suspended from that post when the school board filed an educator misconduct report in 2009. She was eventually reinstated.


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