Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Woman Sentenced In Stabbing

12/27/13 5:20 a.m.
A Fostoria woman who stabbed her son in the abdomen in July has pleaded guilty to assault. The Advertiser Tribune reports 56 year-old Brenda Baxter, who was indicted on felonious and aggravated assault charges, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault last week. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail and given credit for 108 days served. She was also ordered to have no contact with her son, Ralph Pope Jr. of Fostoria. The incident took place on July 3 after an argument.

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Dryer Sparks Trailer Fire In Fostoria

12/27/13 6:30 a.m.
Fire that ignited in a dryer damaged a house trailer in Fostoria Thursday. The Advertiser Tribune reports the Fostoria Fire Division responded to a call at around 4:40 p.m. at Lot 93 in Nyes Trailer Court on North Countyline St. The fire that started in a dryer and spread through the trailer. Fifty percent of the trailer suffered fire damage with smoke damaging the entire trailer.

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Putnam Co. Flooding Reveals No Real Surprises

12/27/13 4:35 a.m.
Putnam County’s Emergency Management Agency director said there were no real surprises from this week’s flooding. EMA Director, Steve Odenweller said reports indicate about a dozen homes in Putnam County received some water damage according to the Courier. One Ottawa business was also flooded, but Odenweller said the owners have it down to a science in terms of moving inventory out of harms way. He said, “Overall, other than curtailing foot traffic, I don’t believe the Ottawa businesses were all that affected by the water like they have been in the past.

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Year In Review: Vera Jo Reigle Documentary Stirs Controversy

Anger over the murder of Vera Jo Reigle reignited in Findlay in 2013. The catalyst for a renwed effort to reaxamine the case stemmed from a documentary on the crime; “Goodnight Suger Babe, The The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle,” which debuted at a film festival in Lima in September.

Director David Miles spoke about his film, saying it was a subject he felt people needed to know about.

Audio:  David Miles

Controversy arose soon after the movie’s premier. The University of Findlay cancelled a screening on the campus after officials were told their could be a confrontation.

During that same time a group calling itself “Voices for Vera” became more active, trying to get additional charges brought against the family Reigle was living with at the time of her murder. That led to the group applying to walk in the annual Halloween parade in Findlay. That request was rejected.

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Findlay Woman Injured In MLK Parkway Crash

12/27/13 4 a.m.
Ice on Martin Luther King Parkway is being blamed for a crash that injured a Findlay woman Thursday. Police report 19 year-old Taylor Shellito was northbound in the left lane when she slid on ice, hitting the right curb which is about 18 to 24 inches high. Shellito was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. She was charged with driving without reasonable control.

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Rising Sun Woman Injured In Crash

12/27/13 4:10 a.m.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle injury crash in Washington Township Thursday afternoon. At around 1:20 p.m. 21 year-old Travis Wolph of Findlay was northbound on Township Road 261 when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 613. He pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 67 year-old Betty Palmerton of Rising Sun. Both vehicles went off the northwest corner of the intersection, Palmerton’s vehicle coming to rest in a yard, Wolph’s vehicle hitting a guide wire to a power pole. Wolph was treated and released at the scene. Palmerton was taken to Fostoria Community Hospital for minor injuries. Wolph was cite for failure to yield.

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Radios To Put Schools In Touch With Law Enforcement Instantly

12/27/13 4:20 a.m.
Findlay City and most Hancock County Schools could soon be in touch with local law enforcement at the touch of a button. Area schools have applied for a grant that will allow them to purchase radios that are part of the Multi-Agency radio Communications system that police have been using for years according to the Courier. The availability of the grant to pay for the radios, which are $2,000 each, is something school officials appreciate especially in the wake of school shootings such as Newtown, Conn. a year ago.

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Early Reports Indicate Findlay Flood Damage Light

12/27/13 4:45 a.m.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said flood damage in Findlay appeared to be pretty light. She said there were a few homes that were affected along High and Wilson Street according to the Courier. Mihalik told the newspaper that it’s difficult to assess the damage from the outside other than being able to see the high water marks. She believes the early warning system helped. The mayor said the she didn’t think the region sustained enough damage to qualify for federal assistance.

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Findlay Woman’s Fraud Conviction Overturned

12/27/13 5 a.m.
A Findlay woman’s insurance fraud conviction was narrowly overturned by the Lima Third District Court of Appeals. The Courier reports 45 year-old Holly Kaczmarek won her appeal with a 2 to 1 decision. Kaczmarek was found guilty of insurance fraud in July of last year in Hancock County Common Pleas court. The jury said she defrauded her insurer through a deceptive statement after a June 2011 break-in in which her apartment was vandalized and items were reported stolen. The appeals court said prosecutors failed to show sufficient evidence that Homesite Insurance was certified to operate in Ohio. The case goes back to Hancock County. No hearing has been scheduled.

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Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies Rescue Drivers From High Water

12/26/13 5:20 a.m.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was busy on Christmas Day rescuing people from their vehicles. Two calls came in just over a half an hour of each other, the first of which came just after 6 p.m. An unidentified female was stuck in her vehicle in high water on Road H-13 between Road 14 and 15 near Miller City. Miller City firefighters assisted her and a passenger out of the vehicle without incident. The second call came in around 6:35. 58 year-old Elmer Gilbert of Continental was eastbound on I-23 when he drove around a high-water sign. A passenger was able to get out of the vehicle and safely to land. Gilbert had to be rescued. Alcohol was believed to be a factor. The incident remains under investigation.

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