Review Category : Local News

Man Indicted On Rape Charges Denies Allegations

4/13/2016 – 4:58 pm

A Findlay man has denied all allegations that he broke into a Mount Cory woman’s home and sexually assaulted her last year. 59-year-old Clinton D. Berry took the stand Wednesday afternoon on charges of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and two counts of rape. Berry allegedly broke into the woman’s home on March 13th 2015 and physically restrained and raped her, according to the indictment.

Berry testified Wednesday that the intimacy was consensual and that he went to the home around midnight and the woman, who he said was dressed in underwear and a blanket wrapped over her, let him in. Berry noted that he did not notify the woman prior to going to her residence and he had never gone to her home that late before.

Closing arguments in the case will be heard on Thursday.

More: The Courier

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Kenton Hospital

4/13/2016 – 4:44 pm

A Kenton hospital was evacuated this afternoon after receiving a bomb threat. WKTN Radio reports that Hardin Memorial Hospital received a threat late Wednesday that everyone in the building at “going to die”. After receiving the threat, law enforcement officers were called and the hospital was evacuated.

Ohio Health Hardin Memorial Hospital Marketing and Communications Manager Chris Davis said in a statement, “Hardin Memorial Hospital received a bomb threat this (Wednesday) afternoon. Hospital officials are working with local authorities to ensure everyone’s safety. Currently, there is limited access to the facility.”

The Kenton Police Department is investigating along with deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

More: WKTN Radio

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Video: WFIN Originals Features Dr. Michael Anders

4/13/2016 – 3:46 pm

Photo Caption: Dr. Michael Anders, Professor of Music (photo by: University of Findlay)

This past weekend, University of Findlay Professor of Music Dr. Michael Anders directed his last Concert-Chorale as a member of the University of Findlay Faculty. Dr. Anders is retiring this year after 35 years with the University of Findlay. In a new feature called “WFIN Originals” featured in the video above, we followed Dr. Anders as he prepared for the final concert at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay and we look back over his years teaching and working with students at The University of Findlay.

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Dead Body Discovered East Of Findlay Reservoir

4/13/2016 – 3:13 pm

A dead body was discovered east of the Findlay Reservoir shortly after noon today. According to Hancock County Sheriff’s Investigators at the scene, the body was discovered along Hancock County Road 207 east of the Findlay Reservoir while a crew was working at cleaning debris from the river. Upon being called, investigators found the dead body of a male in his early 30s in an SUV that was parked just off the road along the river.

The cause of death has not been determined at this point. The Sheriff’s Office said that the body was being taken to Toledo for an autopsy. Information about the individual found in the vehicle is being withheld at this time pending notification of the family.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

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Findlay Police K9 Officer Shadow To Receive Protective Vest

4/13/2016 – 11:15 am

The Findlay Police Department K9 Officer Shadow will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation. Vested Interest in K9’s Inc., which is a non-profit charity located in East Taunton MA provides such vests for law enforcement dogs and related agencies throughout the United States.

The program is open to dog officers actively employed in the US with law enforcement agencies and are at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates and K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. Each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 depending on the size of the dog, and there are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement dog officers in the United States.

For more information about the program, you can visit Vested Interest Online.

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Opiate Abuse A Growing Cause Of Local Child Abuse And Neglect Cases

4/13/16 – 10:59 A.M.

Child Abuse Prevention Month was marked in Findlay Wednesday with a presentation at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Guests at the breakfast learned that opiate addiction is a growing cause of local abuse and neglect cases…

Audio: Diana Hoover

Guests at Tuesday’s breakfast learned from two guest speakers who have fought addiction. Hoover says it shows drug abuse can affect people of all walks of life…

Audio: Diana Hoover

Hoover says her office received 381 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2015. In addition, there were 170 reports that required an alternative response. Those cases have been marked by balloons tied in front of the Hancock County Courthouse.

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Part Of Blanchard Street To Close Thursday

4/13/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Road work will close part of Blanchard Street Thursday. The Findlay Engineering Department says the road will be closed between Walnut Street and McConnell Street tomorrow. The installation of a new storm line and manhole will have the road closed between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A detour will be posted. You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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Proposed State Budget Contains Funding For Fostoria Learning Center

4/13/16 – 5:20 A.M.

The nearly $2.6 billion capital budget introduced in the Ohio Legislature this week could pay for a facility in Fostoria to provide job-related training. An $800,000 appropriation would be set aside for the Fostoria Learning Center. If included in the final budget, it would pay for equipment and technology for the center. Cyndi Geroski is the interim director of the FLC, and says the facility plans to set up shop in the former Kroger building on Perry Street.

The goal of the center is to provide job training to counteract a lack of available workers in the skilled trades area.

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Natural Gas Bills Lower Following Mild Winter

4/13/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A mild winter and increased natural gas production means you are likely paying less for heating and cooking costs right now. Columbia Gas of Ohio says that’s especially true for people on their budget payment plan, who have seen a roughly 44 percent decrease in their bills. In August the company estimated payments would be $80 a month. Following a mid-season adjustment, the average bill has been reduced to $45 per moth.

Budget plans allow customers to spread heating costs out over the year, rather than paying higher prices in the winter.

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Riverbend Campground Rental Rates Change

4/13/16 – 5:03 A.M.

If you camp by yourself at the primitive campground sites at the Riverbend Recreation Area, it will cost you a little more this summer. However if you camp with friends in a group, it’s going to cost less. The Courier reports the daily rental rate will be $15 per site. In the past the rate was $6 per person, so camping will be cheaper for groups of three or more.

The Hancock Park District board approved the changes Tuesday. The new rate was suggested to coordinate with software being developed to run a new online reservation system for the campsites. It’s expected to launch this fall.

MORE: The Courier

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