Review Category : Local News

Charges Filed Against Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Two Hancock County Girls

6/29/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Charges have been filed in Hancock County against a man for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls. The Courier reports 34-year-old Thomas Scarberry faces one count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of sexual battery. Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece says the alleged crimes took place in Findlay and Arlington several years ago. He added both girls were under 12-years-old at the time.

According to the indictment, the alleged sexual assaults against one girl took place between March 20 of 2012 and October 31 of 2013. The alleged crimes against the other girl happened between August 15 and September 30 of 2009, and between February 1 and June 30 of 2012.

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$1 Million Bond Continued For Findlay Murder Suspect

6/29/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Bond for a Findlay murder suspect will stay at $1 million. The Courier reports 58-year-old Onelio Almeida appeared in the Findlay Municipal Court Tuesday via a video link from the Hancock County jail. Almeida is accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife last weekend.

During the hearing, Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller said Onelio initially fled the county after he shot 44-year-old Juanita Almedia. Miller said Onelio hid the murder weapon in another county, but then came back to Findlay and turned himself in. He then told investigators where to find the gun.

A preliminary hearing has been set for July 5. Almeida hasn’t been indicted by the grand jury yet.

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One Killed In Delaware Township Crash

6/28/16 – 11:00 A.M.
Update – 6/29/16 – 4:57 A.M.

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Mount Blanchard around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Jennifer Leighty was driving an SUV west on County Road 4 when she was hit by a pickup truck driven by 37-year-old Charles McVeigh of Mount Blanchard, who was northbound on County Road 157.

Leighty was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  An 8-year-old girl in her car was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo for treatment.  Two other passengers, a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital.  McVeigh and a 12-year-old passenger in his truck were also taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Estimate For Ottawa Creek Logjam Removal Submitted

6/28/16 – 10:35 A.M.

It shouldn’t be too long now before logjam removal begins in the Ottawa Creek in Hancock County. According to the county commissioners, Tawa Tree Service has submitted an estimate of a little more than $46,000 to handle clearing efforts.

The project is managed by the Hancock Soil & Water District. The board is expected to discuss the bid at their next meeting, which is July 5 according to the district’s website.

The work is paid for by ongoing maintenance assessments to property owners near the creek.

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P&G To Expand Plant In Allen County

6/28/16 – 7:33 A.M.

A major Allen County employer is expanding. The Cincinnati Business Courier reports Procter & Gamble will start a $65 million construction project at its laundry detergent manufacturing facility in Lima next month. The 80,000 square foot addition is expected to create 51 new jobs when it’s finished.

The state approved a six-year tax credit worth around $119,000 to help the project move forward.

The plant already employs around 600 people.

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Findlay Teen Injured When His Bike Was Hit By A Car

6/28/16 – 7:20 A.M.

A Findlay teen was injured when the bike he was riding was hit by a car Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 15-year-old Jordan Sebastiano was riding his bike in the crosswalk at Front and Main streets around 4:15 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by 50-year-old Michael Breitigam of Rawson.

Sebastiano reportedly may have suffered a concussion and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Breitigam was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

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Carey Council Debates Mayoral Succession Plan

6/28/16 – 6:53 A.M.

Carey’s mayoral succession plan has come under question. Law Director Bob Maison was appointed to the position following the death of Steve Smalley, but not everyone agrees that what was supposed to happen. The Courier reports that some believe that council president Armand Getz should become the mayor.

Two law firms had previously said that Carey is organized under a “federal plan” of municipal government. That means the law director succeeds the mayor. But if it is found that the village actually operates in a “general statutory” form of government, then the council president would succeed the mayor.

The village will get the opinion of a third attorney on the matter.

Smalley had been battling council and passed away on June 17.

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Fostoria Takes Steps Toward New School Building

6/28/16 – 6:39 A.M.

The cost of building a new school in Fostoria might be a little less than expected. The Review-Times reports interest rates for building a new junior/senior high school were lower than expected, which could mean $2.2 million in savings over the financing period. District treasurer Sue Lehman told the board the district was able sell more than $9.4 million in fixed bonds earlier this month. The bonds will help pay for the local part of the project.

The board also passed a couple of resolutions to move forward with the project. The first resolution allows the board to enter into a resolution of acceptance into the Ohio School Facilities Commission Classroom Assistance Program. The second resolution allows the board to execute an agreement with the commission for the construction of new facilities. The resolutions are formalities required to go forward with construction.

The next step in the process is to put together a construction model and request architects to submit their information.

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McComb Council Talks About Grass Clipping Ordinance

6/28/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Sweeping your grass clippings into the street in McComb could cost you in the future. The Courier reports village council is talking about an ordinance that would penalize people who do that. The argument is the clippings can clog sewer lines.

According to the proposal, a first violation would result in an informal notice. A second violation would net a written complaint, followed by $50 fines for each violation after that.

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Drain Found Competent To Stand Trial In Findlay Murder Case

6/28/16 – 5:17 A.M.

A Findlay man facing a murder charge has been found competent to stand trial. The Courier reports 34-year-old Joel Drain has undergone two different psychological evaluations. Drain has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of 56-year-old Randy Grose on May 14.

A pretrial hearing in the case will be held July 11.

Drain is also facing a retaliation charge. Grose was reportedly a witness to a felonious assault committed by Drain in April. Drain is accused of stabbing his father with a knife in that case.

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