Review Category : Local News

Putnam County Employer Adding Jobs, Equipment

10/30/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Putnam County’s largest employer is expanding. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that KMI Manufacturing in Kalida is adding new equipment that will see the company add more than 60 jobs in the future.

The expansion will also see some heavy-duty equipment shipped to the village. KMI Associate Vice President Brian Niese says three “superloads” are bringing the larger machine components in. Trailers that are more than 200 feet long will bring in shipments from Dayton and the Port of Baltimore Maryland.

KMI manufactures parts for the auto industry.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Fostoria Man Found Guilty For Role In Arson

10/30/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Fostoria man was found guilty yesterday for his role in an arson fire that killed two people. The Review-Times reports a jury of six men and six women deliberated for nearly 8 hours before delivering guilty verdicts on four charges. Schaeffer was charged with being complicit in the Memorial Day fire set by Shey Weiker.

Weiker set the blaze at 614 S. Poplar Street to get revenge against Daniel Marker Jr., who she accused of committing a sex crime against her son. Schaeffer told Weiker how to use the flare that was used to start the fire. The flames killed Marker and Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall was injured escaping the house.

Schaeffer will be sentenced today. He could spend the rest of his life in prison.

MORE: Review Times

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Gilboa Area Business Damaged By Overnight Fire

10/30/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Putnam County business was damaged by a fire last night. Firefighters were called to Heaven Sent Kennels and Dog Grooming a little before midnight. The business is located at 4662 Road J-3, northwest of Gilboa.

No one was injured fighting the flames. So far there’s no damage estimate.

Three fire departments were on the scene until around 1:30 a.m.


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Findlay Man Honored For Civilian Leadership

10/29/14     5:15 p.m.

James WoodwardIn 2000, James Woodward was cutting inmates hair in the Hancock County Justice Center. Woodward expanded his services to include motivational programs and weekly bible studies. For his stewardship, Woodward was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Leadership Award at Wednesday’s Distinguished Law Enforcement Achievement Awards.

Woodward’s service as administrative chaplain is just one of his many hats. He’s also been a barber for more than 40 years and was also credited with returning the Flag City U.S.A title to Findlay in the 1970s. Woodward created the adopt-a-flag program and collected money for flags for downtown Findlay.

Despite his many awards, Woodward says the letters he frequently receives from inmates thanking him for believing in them are just as important to him.

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At Findlay Visit Governor Kasich Said Republicans Need to Unite Not Divide

10/29/14     2:45 p.m.

The parade of campaigns through Findlay continued today when Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor stopped by the Republican Headquarters in Findlay. Kasich said things are going well for his campaign.

Audio: John Kasich

According to Kasich, republicans should be “uniters not dividers” so that those in office can focus on the issues, noting his campaign has not used any negative advertisements. He said he plans to continue that mindset through the next four years and used his time in Congress as an example.

Audio: John Kasich

Kasich said he thinks what’s happening in Ohio right now is unique. He said as long things keep moving in the right direction and the legislature continues to work together, it will lift the state.

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Human Trafficking Suspect Caught In Fostoria

10/29/14 – 5:20 A.M.

A Rhode Island man accused of human trafficking was recently arrested in Fostoria. The Providence Journal reports 25-year-old Terrance Dudley was one of three men accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution. He has since been returned to Rhode Island to face charges.

Investigators say Dudley and two others took pictures of the girl to post on the internet, and sold her to five men before police were able to recover her.

MORE: Providence Journal

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Arguments Heard In Appeal Of Findlay Drug Case

10/29/14 – 5:13 A.M.

An appeals court will rule on whether Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers could smell marijuana on a man who was arrested on drug charges in Findlay last November. The Courier reports The 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima heard arguments from Trenton Shuttlesworth’s lawyer yesterday. Shuttlesworth was found with more than 1,000 oxycodone pills during a traffic stop. However, he didn’t have marijuana in the car.

Hancock County Judge Reginald Routson has already ruled it was highly unlikely Sgts. Michael Walter and Kurt Beidelschies could smell pot on Shuttlesworth. Attorney Dennis McNamara said there was no way they could smell marijuana in about six seconds of standing upwind of his client.

Shuttlesworth told investigators the oxycodone pills had been stored next to pot in a Toledo house.

A ruling will come at a later date.

MORE: The Courier

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Testimony Continues In Fostoria Arson Trial

10/29/14 – 5:00 A.M.

The trial of a Fostoria man accused of being complicit in a fatal Memorial Day fire continued Tuesday. The Review-Times reports several more people took the stand to testify for the prosecution, and a key piece of video evidence was shown. During Schaeffer’s police interrogation, he admitted he had feelings for Shey Weiker. Because of that he told her how to use a road flare because it wouldn’t leave fingerprints.

Weiker has already pleaded guilty to starting the fire that killed two people and injured another person. One of the people killed was Daniel Marker Jr., who Weiker had accused of raping her son.

An investigator for the Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office also testified about the evidence. Frank Reitmer said that if it hadn’t been for witness testimony they may never have found out what started the blaze. He added that flares burn until there is nothing left.

MORE: Review Times

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