Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Woman Stabs Fremont Man for Second Time in a Year

12/10/14     6:49 a.m.

A Fostoria women was arrested for stabbing a Fremont man in a friend’s apartment Monday night, the second time she’d stabbed the man in less than a year.

43-year-old Catherine Tate is facing charges of aggravated assault for stabbing 48-year-old Stacey Graham at the Portage View Apartments around 11 p.m.

The two were involved in a verbal argument in the apartment and Tate stabbed him. Graham left the scene and was later arrested for busting in a door at a Relton’s Trailer Park residence. It was then that Graham told authorities he’d been stabbed.

Graham was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital with a one-inch laceration on the back of his left shoulder and was released.

Tate is being held at the Wood County Jail until her Dec. 16 hearing. She was out on $50,000 bond for stabbing Graham Oct. 24 of this year for denying her money. Tate could face up to three years in jail and a fine of $10,000.

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One Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident on I-75 South of Findlay Tuesday

12/10/14     6:45 a.m.

A Michigan man was injured following a three-vehicle accident on northbound I-75 just south of Findlay around noon Tuesday.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 76-year-old Robert Whitelaw of Brighton, Michigan was driving north when the rear of his car was struck by a semi driven by 41-year-old Mather Jones of Cincinnati. Whitelaw lost control, driving off the left side of the road into the median. The semi then struck a second car driven by 47-year-old Jeffery McCarthy of Maineville.

Whitelaw was taken to BVH for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Jones was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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With Audio: Man Watching Escaped Dog Who Was Shot May Face Charges

12/10/14     6:38 a.m.

The trouble continues for the owner of a dog who was shot and killed by a Findlay police officer last week. Police Chief Greg Horne has asked the city law director’s office to consider filing charges against 74-year-old Keith Thompson, the man who was watching the two dogs for owner Pat Lammers when they got loose.

Horne told 13ABC that Captain Sean Young’s shooting of the 3-year-old boxer was within the department’s use-of-force policy. Horne posed the question that if the officer had not tried to locate the dogs, they had attacked a child, and it was later found out the officer had contact with the dogs there could have been more problems.

There is no indication Young attempted to contact the dog warden, but he was heard on dispatcher audiotape requesting back up before the sound of barking dogs and gunshots was heard. In his report, Young said the boxer and pit bull mix had spread out as if to attack him from two sides. When the Boxer was within eight feet of him, he shot it.

Police dispatch scanner audio of dog shooting

Audio obtained by the Courier.

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Hancock Parks Expanding Canoe and Kayak Programs for Blanchard River

12/10/14     6:33 a.m.

There will be more to do on the Blanchard River in the near future. The Hancock Park District Board approved expanding its canoeing and kayaking programs at their Tuesday meeting.

The “Blanchard River Challenge” will be a series of three, self-guided canoe trips from the Blanchard River Nature Preserve to Blanchard Landing, about 30 miles in April and May. Similarly, a float trip option will be added to Zonta Landing Boat Rental Service in Riverside Park. The trip will be a three-mile float upstream past the Findlay Country Club and back during the summer and after Labor Day.

Canoe lessons will also be offered this summer and boat rental services will require a minimum of two boats instead of six this year. Guided float trips will be added for a fee ranging from $80 to $280 depending on the length of the trip.

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Findlay Council Weighs Options for Outgoing Fire Chief’s Severance Pay

12/09/14     8:58 p.m.

Whether or not outgoing Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo will receive any kind of severance pay is still up in the air.

City council’s appropriations committee met this afternoon to discuss their options. One that seems likely is that Lonyo will be service commuted, meaning he will be eiligible for the benefits once he turns 48.
City law director Don Rasmussen said this has happened once before with a police officer who left the department in 2013. He said he doesn’t want to be in a situation where the city is treating union and non-union employees any differently.
Lonyo will be retiring with more than 25 years of service at age 47. His age will make him ineligible for benefits, which don’t come until age 48.
According to city auditor Jim Staschiak, Lonyo has built up 2,931 hours of sick time. At his current rate of $42.20 per hour that would make him eligible for $61,851 at the current rate of a union employee.
Another option that was on the table was having Lonyo request a demotion from fire chief to captain, making him eligible for joining the fire union again. Staschiak said this is no longer possible because in the union’s eyes it would be a temporary move, making him ineligible for membership.
Council is waiting on more information from the police and fire pension fund before making their decision.
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Multiple-Vehicle Injury Accident Affecting Traffic on I-75 South of Findlay

12/09/14     12:25 p.m.

A multiple-vehicle injury accident is affecting both north and southbound traffic on I-75 south of Findlay. According to scanner traffic, the accident happened just after noon and involved a commercial vehicle.

ODOT is reporting stopped traffic in the area just south of the rest stop in the northbound lanes and slow traffic in the southbound lanes.

At this point, no other details on the crash are available.

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Court of Appeals to Decide Badertscher’s Future at Liberty-Benton

12/09/14     12:12 p.m.

Three judges in the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima heard arguments on Mark Badertscher’s future at Liberty-Benton School District today.

Badertscher was fired nearly two years ago after a student choked another in his classroom.

Jessica Philemond, attorney for Liberty-Benton, said Badertscher frequently had problems with classroom management. Badertscher’s attorney John Roca said the lack of written discipline against Badertscher refutes such claims.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled the school board failed to prove it fairly fired Badertscher based on the 10 reasons the board provided. He reinstated Badertscher to the district with more than two years of back pay and benefits.

Liberty-Benton officials appealed that ruling. The three judges from the appeals court will issue their ruling at a later date.

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Ralphie’s Moving from Current Location to Former Ponderosa Building

12/09/14     11:38 a.m.

Ralphie’s Sports Eatery will be moving from its current location on Broad Ave. around the corner to the former Ponderosa Steak House on Trenton Ave. in March.

According to Rob Armstrong, a spokesman for Bennett Enterprises which owns and operates Ralphie’s, Ralphie’s will close the sale of its Broad Avenue property to Speedway by the end of December.

Speedway plans to demolish its store at 752 Trenton Ave. and the Ralphie’s restaurant next door on Broad Ave. to build a bigger, 4,000-square-foot store.

Armstrong said Ralphie’s will soon start making $300,000 in renovations to the former Ponderosa restaurant, about $20,000 of the which will be for upgrading television and sound systems.

Ralphie’s expects a higher volume of customers at their new location and will keep its 25 employees and add 15 more.

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Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged Assault At Church

12/9/14 – 7:32 A.M.

Fostoria Police are investigating a possible assault that may have taken place at St. Wendelin Catholic Church. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported just after 10 a.m. Monday. A woman reported her niece was assaulted at the church on North Wood Street.

The complaint was filed under a “rape/sexual assault” specification. Police Chief Keith Loreno told the newspaper that interviews are still taking place. He added that the alleged incident happened sometime in the past, and may have involved another juvenile.

No other details are available in the case.


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Putnam County Woman Killed In Paulding County Crash

12/9/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Putnam County woman was killed in a Monday traffic crash in Paulding County. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 637 near Grover Hill around 3:45 p.m.

53-year-old Jane Deken of Continental was driving north when her Chevy Impala went left of center and hit a southbound semi driven by 23-year-old Brandon Appel of Edgerton. The crash caused the semi to catch fire before it came to rest in a nearby field.

Deken was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Appel was not injured. The accident closed the highway for about four hours.


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