Review Category : Local News

Double Jeopardy Defense Entered In Putnam County Murder Case

9/8/16 – 5:04 A.M.

A man who reportedly confessed to murdering his son in Putnam County back in 2006 is entering a double jeopardy defense. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Travis Soto was in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. At issue is time already served in the death of 2-year-old Julio Soto-Baldoza. Soto served a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge 10 years ago.

Judge Randall Basinger set a hearing on the double jeopardy motion for October 25. Both the prosecution and defense will be given access to a recording of the alleged confession given at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in July. The full transcript of Soto’s 2006 trial will also be available.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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BGSU Enrollment Increases

9/8/16 – 4:20 A.M.

More students are attending classes at Bowling Green State University. School officials say enrollment is up by 600 students this fall after getting a big boost from the incoming freshman class. Opportunities for guaranteed internships, research and overseas studies are cited among the reasons for the enrollment increase.

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Recovery From Substance Abuse Disorders Starts At Language And Hope

09/07/16 – 9:55 P.M.

Being able to talk and accept substance abuse disorders will aid in recovery. That’s the message from Ellyn Schmiesing who serves as the Recovery Accountability Manager for Focus on Friends.


Schmiesing added that discriminatory language such as junkie or crackhead can deter people from seeking the help they need.

Stigmatizing language


People suffering from substance abuse disorders could find it helpful to accept themselves as people. Focus on Friends’ Men’s Recovery House Coordinator Ben Hippensteel says it worked for him.


Hippensteel added that hope is an essential piece of the recovery process.

Last year Focus on Friends helped over 3,000 people from the area face their addictions.

Schmiesing and Hippensteel were the guest speakers for the Combatting Chemical Dependency class at the University of Findlay. You can attend the class in room 2225 of the Davis Street Building every Wednesday at 6pm.

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46th Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bike Tour Starts Sunday

09/07/16 – 5:35 P.M.

The 46th Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bike Tour is happening this Sunday. Paul Craun from Hancock Handlebars bike club says that the 1000 mile bike tour will take you to various places.

Paul Craun

Craun says that at the end of the bike ride there will be a campfire and ice cream. Live music will be played at points of the ride as well.

If you aren’t interested in the 100-mile bike ride they also have a 20-mile bike ride available.


Paul Craun

You can register online until Saturday at midnight or at the University of Findlay from 4-9 p.m. Sunday registration will be available at a higher cost.

All proceeds go to benefit the bike club and bike trails in the region.

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Part Of A Road In Findlay Will Be Permanently Closed

09/07/16 – 3:16 P.M.

Part of the East Main Cross Street by-pass road be permanently closed starting today. In a release, County Engineer Christopher Long said the road will be closed under the Osborn Avenue Bridge. The weight limit for the bridge will be reduced to 15 tons starting today as well. He said that motorists are advised to use caution in the area.

The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in July of 2017.

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Hardin County Man Might Run For State Representative Spot

09/07/16 – 2:38 P.M.

A Hardin County man is looking to run in the 2018 election for the 83rd district seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. The Courier reports that Jon Cross filed the paperwork to form a campaign committee. Cross said he will meet with businesses, community members, and political leaders to gauge support. He currently serves as the president of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and Business Alliance.

The office he might campaign for is currently held by State Representative Robert Sprague.

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Raise The Bar Hancock County Workforce Collaboration Initiative Officially Launches

9/7/16 – 1:02 PM

A new workforce development organization in Findlay and Hancock County was launched Wednesday. Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti says Raise the Bar Hancock County will partner with local schools to help teach of soft skills needed in the workplace…

Audio: Tony Iriti

Raise the Bar Director Laurie Zydonick says area businesses have noticed a growing trend with the local workforce…

Audio: Laurie Zydonick

Iriti adds there are also more people are retiring from local jobs than there are qualified people to replace them.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Iriti says the Raise the Bar initiative will market the area to job seekers across the state and country.

Zydonick says the long-term goal is to work with kids to help them be ready to enter the workforce when they get out of school…

Audio: Laurie Zydonick

Zydonick adds Raise the Bar will learn about workforce needs from area employers. They’ll then relay that information to schools.

In the short term, Raise the Bar Hancock County will focus on finding and developing employees for businesses with immediate needs…

Audio: Dan Sheaffer

Dan Sheaffer of Hancock HIRES says Raise the Bar will get a boost from a familiar face. Terry Terhark’s RandRR company will allow the organization to beta test its new job placement app…

Audio: Dan Sheaffer

Sheaffer says the app is one example of how local companies can find qualified employees through Raise the Bar.

Terhark was the founder of The Right Thing, which was sold to ADP in 2011.

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Wyandot County Men Arrested Following Labor Day Chase

9/7/16 – 9:18 A.M.

Two Wyandot County men were arrested following a police chase on Labor Day. WBCO Radio reports Charles Collier of Carey and Eric Simmons of Nevada were wanted on active warrants when they were spotted by a deputy sheriff Monday. Simmons sped away, leading officers on a chase into Bucyrus. The car eventually crashed through a fence and hit children’s play equipment.

Simmons would run away from the crash, but was located a short time later at a nearby business.

Nobody was hurt during the chase.


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Carey Council Approves Repaving Projects

9/7/16 – 9:10 A.M.

Carey’s village council approved road resurfacing projects during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports the work will take place on North Patterson Street between East Findlay Street and National Avenue and May Street between Newhard and Brayton streets. Repaving will also happen on Ogg Street near the water tower to repair damage from truck traffic.

The village has around $80,000 set aside for street paving this year.

MORE: The Courier

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