Review Category : Local News

Appeal From Convicted Hancock County Rapist Denied

3/16/16 – 5:21 A.M.

An appeal from a convicted rapist has been denied. The Courier reports 57-year-old Gary Martin of Rawson wanted to withdraw his guilty pleas. On Monday the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima denied that request. Martin was given a 32-year prison sentence last August for raping an 11-year-old girl in 2013.

An appeal was filed last September said that Martin was legally insane at the time of the offenses. The appeals court said the doctor that agreed that Miller was legally insane based the decision solely on statements made by Martin and no other evidence.

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Some Of Findlay’s Older Water Lines Could Still Contain Lead

3/16/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Some of Findlay’s older waterlines could still be made out of lead. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says poor record keeping in the past makes it difficult to tell if water mains to private homes were ever upgraded. While that may seem alarming, the Courier reports lead levels in city water have never tested higher than 15 parts per billion, which is the level considered unacceptable by the EPA.

Officials have some concerns the EPA may lower that limit following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Jeff Newcomer and Schmelzer talked to city council about the issue Tuesday. Schmelzer says the city may only have to check a few hundred pipes. That would happen where records contradict each other or don’t show changes ever being made.

Schmelzer says the city will likely finish going through records sometime this summer. At that time decisions will be made on if some pipes need replaced or not.

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Primary Results: Van Buren Replacement Levy Passes

3/16/16 – 4:54 A.M.

A 3-mill, five-year replacement levy for operating expenses was approved by Van Buren voters Tuesday. 88 people voted for the measure while 39 voted against it. The levy will bring in around $16,500 a year for the village.

A person with a home appraised at $100,000 will pay around $105 a year as a result of the renewal being passed.

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Primary Results: Hancock County Voter Turnout

3/16/16 – 4:48 A.M.

Voter turnout was high in Hancock County for Tuesday’s primary election. The board of elections reports 47 percent of the county’s more than 49,000 registered voters cast a ballot. While that’s higher than most non-presidential election year primary turnouts, it is below the numbers from the last two presidential primaries.

In 2012 64 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. In 2008, that number was closer to 67 percent.

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Primary Results: Strickland And Portman Both Advance

3/16/16 – 4:42 A.M.

The high profile candidates in Ohio’s senate races easily advanced to the general election in Tuesday’s primary. Ted Strickland took 65 percent of the state’s Democratic vote in his race against Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and Kelli Prather.

Incumbent Rob Portman took 82 percent of Republican votes in his reelection bid against Don Eckhart.

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Primary Results: Brian Siefker Advances In Putnam County Sheriff’s Race

3/15/16 – 10:54 A.M.

Republicans in Putnam County overwhelmingly threw their support behind Brian Siefker in his bid to be the sheriff. In the primary race, Siefker took 81 percent of the votes cast in his race against Nick Gilenbach.

Siefker, who is a captain in the sheriff’s office, will now face Leipsic Police Chief Dennis Cupp in November. Cupp is running as an independent.

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Primary Results: One Incumbent Wins, One Falls In Putnam County Commissioner Races

3/15/16 – 10:41 A.M.

One incumbent Putnam County Commissioner held on to his seat, while the other did not. Incumbent Vince Schroeder topped challenger Carl Gerten by taking 58 percent of the vote.

In the other commissioners race, Michael Lammers bested incumbent Travis Jerwers by taking 55 percent of the ballots cast.

Lammers will now face Tony Wobler in the November general election. No one is contesting Schroeder in November.

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