Review Category : Local News

North Baltimore Woman Sentenced For Causing Fatal Crash

7/7/16 – 9:00 A.M.

A North Baltimore woman was recently sentenced for causing a fatal crash in Hancock County. The Courier reports 40-year-old Erica Coppler was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 70 days suspended. She was also fined $500 and her license was suspended for 731 days.

On September 15 of 2015, Coppler hit a motorcycle ridden by 66-year-old Ronald Jenkins of Van Buren, killing him. The crash happened at the intersection of State Route 613 and Hancock County Road 140. Coppler had failed to yield at the intersection.

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Three-Car Crash Injures Findlay Woman

7/7/16 – 8:51 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a three-car crash on Tiffin Avenue Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports 72-year-old Mona Wittlinger was driving east in the 700 block of Tiffin Avenue around 12:15 p.m. when she went left of center and hit an SUV driven by 28-year-old Jordan Arnold of Findlay. Arnold’s Jeep ended up hitting an eastbound car driven by 53-year-old Akirnori Suzuki of Findlay.

Wittlinger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was also cited for driving left of center.

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Miscommunication Leads To Report Of Stolen Playground Equipment

7/7/16 – 8:36 A.M.

What was thought to be a case of stolen playground equipment ended up being a case of miscommunication in Fostoria. After noticing seats were missing from a swing set at Jackson Park, a resident took to social media to report a theft. Police were informed, but they didn’t have to look too far to find the culprit. It seems the seats were removed so they could be modified.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers took the complaint seriously and began looking into the issue.

The swings were part of the Paint the Town Foundation’s project at the park.

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UPDATE: Semi Fire Closes Part Of U.S. 30 This Morning

7/7/16 – 5:09 A.M.

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One lane of westbound U.S. 30 in southern Hancock County was closed this morning following a semi fire. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident was first reported around 4:42 a.m. and initially closed both lanes between County Road 59 and 61. One lane was reopened just before 5:30 a.m.

Hancock County EMA Director Lee Swisher says there was a small fuel leak…

Audio: Lee Swisher

The driver of the truck was not injured.  The closed lane reopened just after 8:30 a.m.

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Putnam County Man Challenges Court’s Authority In Drug Case

A man facing drug charges in Putnam County continues to question the court’s authority over him. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Logan Pothast appeared in court last week. Pothast requested Judge Randall Basinger bring the statutes that applied to him. He also asked if he was being tried under Admiralty Law.

Pothast says he is an American National and claims the court has no authority over him. He’s facing three counts of possession of drugs. Pothast objected to several things during the hearing, with Basinger overruling every objection.

Several motions filed by Pothast will be considered at a later date.

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Local Businesses Asked To Help With Annual Food Pantry Program

7/7/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Area businesses are being asked to help raise money to buy livestock at this year’s Hancock County Fair, and then donate the processed meat to local food pantries. The Legacy Farmers Cooperative and United Way of Hancock County are teaming up for the effort. The program started in 2014 and has donated nearly 6,000 pounds of meat to those in need in the county.

Mitch Welty is the grain manager at Legacy. He says the program teaches young people the value of agricultural and business practices. Welty adds, “they take heart in knowing their hard work and determination met the most basic need of an individual or family.”

To donate or for more information, you can call (419)957-8573 or (419)423-1432.

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Almeida Pleads Not Guilty In Findlay Murder Case

7/7/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Courier reports 63-year-old Onelia Almeida had a trial date set for September 12 during a Wednesday hearing. He faces a murder charge with firearm and repeat offender specifications. Almeida is also charged with tampering with evidence.

A $1 million bond was also continued during Wednesday proceedings.

Investigators say Onelia murdered his wife, 44-year-old Juanita Almeida, on Stanford Parkway on June 25. He had previously been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the 1987 death of his ex-girlfriend in Franklin County. That case also involved a gun.

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180th Fighter Wing Exercises

7/6/2016 – 2:00 p.m.

Residents in the Findlay, Ottawa, and Defiance areas may get to see and hear fighter jets. The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is participating in an exercise. The aircraft will fly anywhere from 5,000 to 19,000 feet off of the ground.

The exercise hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and will continue through to August 6th.

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Ohio 37 Closed

7/6/16 – 1:46 p.m.

Ohio 37 between Township 166 and Township 37, about three miles north of Mount Blanchard, will be closed Thursday for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103, U.S. 68 and Ohio 15 back to Ohio 37.

Go to to stay up to date on area traffic.

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McComb Business Expo This Weekend

7/6/2016 – 1:21 pm


This Saturday the McComb Economic Development Organization’s 3rd annual business expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carol Carrie from the McComb Economic Development Organization is expecting a good turn out.

Audio:ZZ-Carol Carrie

Also during the expo will be five ribbon cuttings. Four are for new businesses and one is a re-opening.

The McComb Economic Development Organization is putting the business expo together to showcase entrepreneurs and more according to Joe Wasson, a member of the organization.

Audio: ZZ- Joe Wasson

Most of the entrepreneurs that will be seen at the expo are local and started their own business. There will also be several other organizations showing what they have to offer the community.

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