Review Category : Local News

Owens Prepares For Fall Commencement

12/17/2015 – 11:45 am

Owens Community College is preparing for Fall Graduation. The college reports that 649 candidates, including 117 from the Findlay area campus will receive their degrees during the 35th Owens Community College Fall Commencement. The ceremony will be on Friday December 18th at 6:30 pm at the Student Health and Activities Center on the College’s Toledo-Area Campus.

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Driver In Fatal Wedding Day Crash Sentenced

12/17/15 – 6:50 A.M.

A Wyandot County man who caused a fatal crash that killed a man just hours after his wedding is headed to prison. The Galion Inquirer reports 35-year-old Timothy Tebbe will spend eight years behind bars.

The incident happened on October 14 of 2014 and took the life of 27-year-old Andrew Bloomfield, who had just gotten married that day. His bride, 37-year-old Ruth Driskill, was also injured in the crash.

Tebbe had been drinking and was reportedly driving his pickup more than 100 miles-per-hour when he lost control and crashed.

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Two Arrested In Fostoria Drug Raid

12/17/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A Wednesday drug raid in Fostoria resulted in two arrests. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement unit reports officers found suspected heroin, prescription pills, criminal tools and evidence of drug trafficking when a house at 1020 Buckley Street was searched.

27-year-old Crystal Dayton of Fostoria is charged with trafficking heroin. 26-year-old Derrick Jones of Detroit, Michigan faces a charge of complicity to trafficking heroin. More charges could be filed.

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Northwest Hancock Fire District Names First Chief

12/17/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The new Northwest Hancock Fire District has its first chief. Jeffery Dawson was named to the position earlier this week. Dawson will lead the fire department that covers the village of McComb as well as Portage and Pleasant Townships.

Dawson has 25 years of experience in fire protection and 20 years of service as a paramedic. He is working to get a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from Waldorf College.

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Drivers Ignoring School Bus Stop Signs In Putnam County

12/17/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Putnam County drivers are being warned to follow traffic laws around school buses. The Putnam County Sentinel reports local law enforcement has noticed people ignoring the flashing stop signs on the sides of buses; or being too distracted to notice them. Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Don Horstman tells the newspaper he’s reported six incidents over the last two weeks.

Columbus Grove Superintendent Nick Verhoff said they see the problem more on State Routes in the district rather than on the county roads. All Columbus Grove buses that run on state routes now have cameras on them to document incidents.

Ottawa-Glandorf is planning to put cameras on all new buses bought by the district.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Imposter’s OVI Plea Deal Thrown Out

12/17/15 – 5:09 A.M.

A Findlay man can withdraw his plea on a drunken driving charge, because it was originally entered by an imposter. The 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima ruled on the issue recently.

The situation started on September 19 of 2012, when Fengxiao Tao was cited for OVI. However, it was actually Tao’s brother-in-law, Jing Lu, who was driving. Lu had Tao’s drivers licence with him at the time. Lu even appeared in court pretending to be Tao, and entered a no contest plea to the charge. According to court records, Tao didn’t report the fraud because Lu told him he would take care of the problem.

Tao tried to withdraw the plea this year, but the trial court said, “although it knew that Tao was not guilty of OVI, it nonetheless had to find that there was no manifest injustice since Tao engaged in conduct that amounted to fraud upon the court.” The appeals court disagreed with that ruling and has overturned it.

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Anticipation Building For Marathon Arts Center Opening

12/16/2015 – 3:05 pm

In just days the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will open it’s doors in a highly anticipated event. Kathleen Stacey, the Marketing Director for the center says that people will be amazed at the amount of work that went into renovating the former Central Middle School into the Performing Arts Center.

Audio: Kathleen Stacy

The center will open with a performance of The Toy Shoppe, which was written by Kenny Rogers and features Alan Thicke. Tickets are still available, and Stacey says that people will be surprised at the quality of the seats for the performance. While people may remember the Central auditorium, they will be amazed at how it’s changed.

Audio: Kathleen Stacy

Tickets for the shows this weekend as well as shows in 2016 are still available. You can get more information about the center and the shows online at Marathon Center Arts.org

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Park District To Feature Area Photographers In Contest

12/16/2015 – 1:47 pm

Amateur photographers are invited to enter the Hancock Park District’s 20th Annual Photography Contest & Open House. The contest will feature eight different categories; Hancock Park District Scene, People in the Park, General Nature, Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, Wild Animal, Domestic Animal, Action Sports and Best of Black & White.

The event is open to youth and adults and no cost to enter. All entries must be submitted by January 15th at the Hancock Park District Office at 1424 E. Main Cross Street in Findlay. The contest will be held during a park district open house on Saturday, February 6th from 3pm-6pm at the Brugeman Lodge at the Riverbend Recreation Area. A complete list of contest rules can be found online at Hancock Parks.com

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North Baltimore Man Honored For Service To Community

12/16/15 – 7:14 A.M.

A North Baltimore man was honored Tuesday for his many contributions to the community. The Courier reports Ralph Wolfe was named the Citizen of the Year for 2015. Mayor Mike Julien says Wolfe is involved in many community organizations. He also helps out by picking up trash around town.

Wolfe, who is 84-year-old, told council he hates litter, and likes getting the exercise.

MORE: The Courier

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