Review Category : Local News

Kids In Crisis: Local Programs Help Families

9/30/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Yesterday we outlined how stepped up efforts to help kids in crisis came to be. Today, we’re looking at how local families can get help.

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio and says a big part of the plan is to offer help to families at all hours of the day…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling also says part of the Strong Families program focuses on not allowing one crisis to snowball into another…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says grant money from the state means more counselors can be trained to deal with these situations.

As we continue our series tomorrow we’ll look at how the Strong Families plan aims to connect with kids in need of help.

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Five Injured In Seneca County Crash

9/30/14 – 5:13 A.M.

A Seneca County crash injured five people Monday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 around 7 p.m.

44-year-old Adhah Aljohani was driving a Dodge Durango west on Route 224 when he ran a red light and hit a semi driven by 51-year-old Ryan Phillips of Wharton. The collision caused the Durango to damage a junction box that controlled the stop light. The semi slammed into a sign for a fuel center.

Aljohani and one passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. Three other passengers were taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The patrol says all the injuries were non-life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Two Arrested Following I-75 Drug Bust In Findlay

9/30/14 – 5:04 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a drug bust on I-75 that was made last week. The patrol says two people were arrested last Wednesday after nearly $4,000 worth of prescription medication was found in their car.

A 2012 Hyundai Accent was pulled over for speeding around 11:40 p.m. on September 23. A consent search of the car led to the discovery of 59 Oxycodone pills, 47 Alprazolam pills and 142 morphine sulfate pills.

21-year-old Devontae Russell of Roseville, Michigan; and 19-year-old Lida Rutherford of Knoxville, Tennessee are both facing charges.

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“Friend” Of Fostoria Murder Victim Pleads Guilty To His Role In Her Death

9/30/14 – 4:55 A.M.

A man a Fostoria murder victim once called her friend admitted his role in her death during a Monday court hearing. The Courier reports Tyson Ogg pleaded guilty to charges of complicity to aggravated burglary, complicity to aggravated robbery, and complicity to murder. He could get a sentence of 18 years to life in prison.

Ogg served as the getaway driver the night 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio was shot and killed in her East Culbertson Street home in late May. On Monday, Mauricio’s parents told the media that their daughter had been friends with Ogg for years before the shooting. Mauricio and Caleb Barto, who was also attacked during the incident, had even let Ogg live with them at one point.

Another suspect in the case, Dallas Salaz, has also pleaded guilty. He and Ogg will be sentenced after court proceedings for Garrett Brown are completed. Brown is accused of shooting Mauricio.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Active Inmates Website Temporarily Deactivated

09/29/14     3:45 p.m.

For the time being the active inmate page on the Hancock County Sheriff’s website is unavailable. But the change is only temporary.

As of Sept. 19 a new rule says those convicted of a crime as a juvenile or are being placed under arrest on a juvenile charge may only have certain information released to the public no matter their age. This created a problem for Hancock County, which recently received three inmates in that category.

Audio: Ryan Kidwell

Lt. Ryan Kidwell said the active inmates page on the sheriff’s website does not allow taking those three people out of the roster, so in order to comply with the new regulations the website had to be taken down. Kidwell said the software company is working on a fix, but until then information on inmates is available on the Auto Information System by calling 419-424-7202.

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Ohio’s Progress in Fight Against Domestic Violence a Benchmark for Louisiana

09/29/14     3:00 p.m.

For 13 years Beth Meeks worked as the executive director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. More recently, Meeks has been the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Audio: Beth Meeks

Meeks told Rotarians at this afternoon’s meeting the domestic violence homicide rate in Louisiana is three times higher than the national average. In Ohio, Meeks said things are more uniform and consequences are consistent and swift, which deters from domestic violence.

Modernizing the process is the goal, according to Meeks, and she said creating a new system, like Ohio’s, and keeping it in place for a few years will hopefully significantly reduce the homicide rate.

Audio: Beth Meeks

Meeks said Ohio is in a better position than Louisiana as far as combatting domestic violence for a number of reasons. First being the quick consequences, but Louisiana is also behind in implementing laws from the Violence Against Women Act.

For Ohioans, Meeks said this is a lesson in what not to do. She said things used to be like that in Ohio, but it demonstrates improvement in the quality of life.

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One Injured In Weekend Crash On I-75

9/29/14 – 6:55 A.M.

A one car crash injured one person on I-75 in Wood County over the weekend. The State Patrol reports the crash happened just after 6 p.m. Friday near State Route 18.

61-year-old Karen Snyder of Bowling Green was driving south when she lost control and hit a concrete median barrier and a guardrail. Snyder had to be extricated from the vehicle with the jaws of life. She was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Snyder was also cited for failure to control.

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Kids In Crisis: Identifying The Problem

Children acting out violently seems like a daily occurrence with school shootings and other incidents. Director of Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities John Martin said the increase in those events inspired Ohio to make a change.

AUDIO: John Martin

The DODD partnered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to give the “Strong Families, Safe Communities” grant to several groups of counties to work with families who have children in crisis situations. Martin said these can be aggressive children, children who have suicidal tendencies or other challenging behaviors. The goal is to assist the families and the kids in any way possible to avoid any harm.

Martin said on top of assisting the families, the grant is also educational for the state. Grantees will report back to the DODD to let them know what in their plans worked and what didn’t. Martin said with that local level information, the state can learn how to respond to these situations.

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