Review Category : Local News

Click-It Or Ticket Campaign Starts Next Week

5/15/14 – 10:57 A.M.

As summer gets closer the roads get busier, and that means the return of an annual driver safety campaign. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign will run from May 19 to June 1. Local law enforcement officials will be cracking down on people who aren’t wearing seatbelts.

A release from the sheriff’s office says more than 21,000 people were killed on the nation’s roads in 2012. 48 percent of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.

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Children’s Museum Names Executive Director

5/15/14 – 8:40 A.M.

The Children’s Museum of Findlay has an executive director in place. The organization named Erin Poling to the role this week. Poling has plenty of experience working for local non-profit agencies. She’s previously served as the event coordinator for the Arts Partnership, and as the adult services director for Blanchard Valley Industries.

Poling’s first order of business will be to job shadow at the Boonshoft Springfield Children’s Museum.

A temporary museum location will open in the Findlay Village Mall July 11. The organization hopes to be in a downtown location by 2016.

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Lima Mayor Outraged By Anti-Islam Flier

5/15/14 – 7:18 A.M.

The Mayor of Lima is taking aim at people distributing a flier calling for the community to stop an Islamic worship center from opening in the community. The Lima News reports David Berger called the flier a “truly despicable act of religious bigotry.”

The flier calls on businesses and community members to protest the opening of a mosque on Allentown Road on the city’s west side.

Lima cardiologist Dr. Adel Shaheen is working to open the mosque. He told the newspaper that doctors have planned on coming to Lima, but change their mind when they find no place to worship.

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Hancock County Vietnam Veterans To Be Honored

5/15/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Armed Forces Day ceremonies are set for this weekend in Findlay. The annual event will be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds again, running Friday through Sunday afternoon.

The Findlay Military Association is making one big change this year. Instead of honoring one veteran they will honor five. Past Commander Roger Neff says the change is being made to mark the 50th anniversary of what is called “Ground Vietnam,” which is the length of time the U.S. had boots on the ground in Vietnam.

This year’s Veterans of the Year are McComb residents James Elsea and David Johnson, as well as Findlay residents Thomas Brown, Joseph “Chuck” Sear Jr. and Donald Beichler. The soldier of the year is Mark Lichak of Findlay.

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Man Accused In Cube Assault Indicted

5/15/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Findlay man accused of assaulting someone at the Cube in March. 24-year-old Austin Hickle faces a charge of aggravated assault. Hickle is accused of attacking Ian Fleck during an MMA event at the Cube on March 29. Fleck was treated for head injuries at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Fleck’s wife Andrea told us in an April interview that Ian suffered a stroke as a result of the attack.

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Former Findlay Woman Involved In Notorious Kidnapping Case Released From Prison

5/15/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A former Findlay woman involved in a high profile kidnapping case in the late 90’s has been released from prison. The Courier reports 34-year-old Kathy Emmons was granted early release Wednesday. Emmons pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in 2000, including complicity to attempted murder and complicity to rape. She was sentenced to 24 years in prison, with the potential for release after 15 years.

Emmons was part of a group that took part in the assault of a 13-year-old girl at a Tiffin Avenue party in 1999. The victim was abducted, and left in a clay tile in Eagle Township. The girl was later freed and survived the assault.

Emmons testified against co-defendant Nate Graham, who is serving a 55-year sentence for his role in the crime.

MORE: The Courier

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REPORT: Riverdale Teacher Suspended For Grabbing Kindergartener By Face

A Riverdale teacher has been suspended after she allegedly picked up a kindergartener by his shirt and face. Media partner WTOL 11 reports video surveillance shows Barb Williams confronting 6-year-old Ian Nelson after he came out of a bathroom. Williams grabs the boy and pushed him against the wall in the footage.

The boy’s parents say a 10-day suspension is not enough. They want Williams fired. They also say they will take the video to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to see if they can get charges filed in the case.


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Findlay Man Involved In Weekend Crash Dies

5/14/14 – 8:36 A.M.

A Findlay man has died following a weekend crash in the city. The Findlay Police Department reports 61-year-old Rainer Mueller passed away Monday night. Mueller was involved in a two-car crash Sunday night in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue. Police say Mueller hit a car that was stopped to turn left.

The crash is now the fourth fatal accident in Hancock County this year.

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