Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Man Found Not Guilty In Sex Crime Case

4/11/14 – 7:40 A.M.

A jury found a Fostoria man not guilty in a sex crime case recently.  The Review-Times reports 64-year-old Emilio Chavez had been charged with gross sexual imposition.  Investigators said Chavez shoved a woman down and rubbed himself on her after she let him into her house to borrow something.  Prosecutors said the incident happened last September.

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Allen Township Garage Damaged In Thursday Fire

4/11/14 – 7:16 A.M.

A Thursday afternoon fire damaged a garage in Allen Township. Firefighters were called to 13776 Township Road 108, southeast of Van Buren around 4:30 p.m. The flames spread from the garage to an attic over the home on the property before they could be contained.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. No one was injured in the fire, and the house was insured.

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Three Carey Residents Arrested Following Drug Investigation

4/11/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A large drug investigation in Marion County has led to charges against three Carey residents. Prosecutors have charged 38-year-old Ray Ferguson with four counts of cocaine possession and a count of cocaine trafficking. 44-year-old Kelly Morgan faces two counts of heroin possession and one count of conspiracy to possess heroin.

Also facing charges is 45-year-old Timothy White. He’s facing five misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to cocaine possession. Authorities have also charged him with conspiracy to possess drugs and attempted drug possession.

The investigation led to 39 arrests. It targeted mid-level dealers and their customers.

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Findlay Woman Sentenced For Drug Sales

4/11/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A Findlay woman will spend more than a decade in prison for selling drugs in the city. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced 31-year-old Jessica Sierra Thursday. Sierra had pleaded guilty to three counts of cocaine trafficking and possession of cocaine charges. She also pleaded guilty to intimidation of a witness, possession of marijuana, and failure to appear at an April 19 hearing.

Investigators say Sierra sold between 10 to 20 crams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of Glenwood Middle School in August of 2012.

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La Scola Tuscan Grill Closes Findlay Location

4/11/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay Italian restaurant has closed its doors. La Scola Tuscan Grill had been open for two years at its Tiffin Avenue location. Owner and partner Moussa Salloukh spoke to the Courier’s Ryan Dunn about shutting the business down. He said “uncontrollable circumstances” and modest sales were some of the reasons for the closure.

In the past the restaurant was a Red Pig Inn location. Before that it was Diamond River steakhouse.

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Nonprofit Organizations Get Break On Landfill Fees Related To Demolition Work

4/10/14 – 11:45 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are cutting a nonprofit organization a break on landfill fees. The City Mission is working on a demolition project and requested a fee of $10 per ton instead of the normal $26 for demolition debris. The commissioners granted the request.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says they typically give the break to nonprofit organizations. For example, the county will charge organizers of the upcoming Backyard Mission trip the same rate for debris.

The county can only wave the local fees. There are federal fees from the EPA for demolition debris that can not be waived.

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Fostoria Man’s Home Raided For Drugs For A Third Time

4/10/14 – 8:46 A.M.

Police raided a Fostoria man’s home for drugs for a third time in the last three years Wednesday. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit executed a warrant at 303 E. Tiffin Street yesterday. The Fostoria Police Department says 32-year-old Jamesetta McBeth and 35-year-old Chester Pettaway are facing several drug charges as a result.

Detective Charles Boyer says this is the third time they’ve raided a home where Pettaway lived since 2011. Pettaway is free while charges are pending in other cases.

Officers allegedly found suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, and marijuana. The investigation also turned up alleged criminal tools, cash, and evidence of drug trafficking.

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Fostoria Named A “Tree City USA”

Fostoria was recognized as a Tree City USA Wednesday. A press release says this is the 32nd consecutive year the Fostoria community has been honored with the nationally recognized award.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry presented the award. Fostoria was recognized for “ongoing efforts to maintain and the improved quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program.”

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McComb Man Sentenced For October Burglary

4/10/14 – 6:37 A.M.

A McComb man shot while trying to burglarize a home is now headed to prison. 24-year-old Christian Moreno pleaded guilty to a burglary charge Wednesday. He’ll spend four years behind bars.

On October 22 Moreno broke into a home at 314 N. Todd Street in McComb. The resident of the house shot Moreno, sending him to the hospital.

No charges were filed in the shooting.

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More Road Work On U.S. 224 The Rest Of This Week In Findlay

4/10/14 – 5:32 A.M.

You can expect more traffic delays on the west side of Findlay for the rest of the week. Drainage work along U.S. 224 will reduce the road to one lane between North Ridge Road and I-75.

ODOT says the lane restriction will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow. Work could continue on Monday.

The work is in the same area where the U.S. 224 bridge replacement is taking place.

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