Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Sentenced For Rawson Area Break-Ins

4/28/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A Findlay man will spend nearly a decade in prison for breaking into two Rawson area homes last year. 37-year-old Dustin Skeene pleaded guilty this week to two counts of burglary. Judge Joseph Niemeyer sentenced Skeene to three years for the first burglary count, and four years for the second. Skeene was also sentenced to two years and 15 days for a probation violation.

A co-defendant in the case is still awaiting sentencing. 34-year-old Amy Dingus of Findlay pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted burglary last month. She also pleaded guilty to a possession of criminal tools charge. She’ll be sentenced May 12.

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Shot Reportedly Fired On Carnahan Avenue In Findlay

4/28/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A shot was reportedly fired at a parked car in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident was reported just before 6:30 p.m. at 610 Carnahan Avenue. A suspect allegedly fired a shot and then ran off. No one was injured.

A release from the police department says the suspect is known to authorities. The person was not named publicly and had not been located by late Wednesday night.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Several Ohio Governments Report No Issues With Sending Financial Numbers To State

4/28/16 – 5:09 A.M.

Last week Findlay City Council was told that the city’s financial software doesn’t lend itself well to uploading information to Ohio’s “open checkbook” website. However, the Courier reports several cities and counties using MUNIS financial software have not had issues in uploading their numbers to The City of North Royalton, as well as Mahoning, Clermont, Butler, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties all use MUNIS. Representatives from the city and counties tell the newspaper they’ve had very few problems if any at all.

Chris Berry is the communications director for the State Auditor’s website. He says he is not aware of any governments that use MUNIS having to hire outside help to upload their numbers to the state. Deputy Auditor Ginger Sampson told council members last week that some governments using the same financial software as Findlay had to hire accounting firms to help prepare data to be uploaded to the state site.

The Courier reports neither Auditor Jim Staschiak or Sampson elected to speak to reporter Max Filby for the article that appears in today’s edition of the newspaper.

Sampson told council last week the auditor’s office would be rolling out a local financial transparency tool by mid-summer. She added it would show revenues and expenses. only shows expenses. Sampson said that the local tool didn’t mean that Findlay wouldn’t eventually upload information to the state site.

MORE: The Courier

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Demonstrators Protest Pipeline Project Involving Marathon

4/27/2016 – 5:34 pm

Around 20 people protested Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s involvement in a proposed pipeline in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Wednesday. The Courier reports that the protests said that the proposed pipeline could have spills, damaging drinking water and crops in the region. Marathon has a 30 percent ownership interest in the pipeline.

The protestors came from Minnesota, Detroit, Toledo, Yellow Springs, and Dayton. They were not permitted to protest in front of Marathon however as the company had obtained a permit to keep people off the sidewalk in front of the building. They noted it was for safety concerns. Wednesday was the day of its annual shareholders meeting. In a statement, Marathon noted it supported the protestors’ right to make their opinions known and that they were committed to the health and safety of their own employees, the public, and being responsible stewards of the environment.

More: The Courier

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Houdeshell Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charges

4/27/2016 – 5:11 pm

An Arlington man pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a two-year-old Findlay boy. The Courier reports that 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell entered the plea Wednesday before Hancock County Common Pleas Magistrate Robroy Crow via video connection with the Hancock County jail. Houdeshell has been charged with causing the death of Breydon Ferrell.

The charges came after the death of Breydon Ferrell, 2, on March 31. Findlay police were dispatched to 2030 Breckenridge Road, Apt. 3, on a report of an unresponsive child. It was reported that the child had fallen out of his crib, police said.

Houdeshell faces charges of murder, endangering children and tampering with evidence. Crow set Houdeshell’s bond at $537,500. Houdeshell will appear for a pretrial hearing on May 13th.

More: The Courier

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I-75 In Wood & Hancock Counties Saw High Volume Of Crashes In 2015

4/27/2016 – 4:26 pm

With the ongoing construction on I-75, the need to be aware of dangers on that highway are more apparent. Matt Brunning from The Ohio Department of Transportation says that last year, I-75 in Hancock and Wood County saw a large number of traffic accidents.

Audio: Matt Brunning

Brunning says that when taken into account of all interstate crashes in the State of Ohio, around a quarter of all those crashes last year happened in the span of I-75 in Hancock and Wood Counties.

As to why that might be the case, Brunning says it remains unknown but ODOT continuously studies operations to see if safety can be improved in areas. I-75 itself is a major interstate hub for traffic in the United States and is highly traveled in Wood and Hancock County. Given that, Brunning says that drives need to be vigilant in paying attention to conditions on the roadway.

Audio: Matt Brunning

Checking road conditions before travel can help drivers avoid road accidents as well. WFIN supports use of the Waze App which keeps drivers updated daily on highway road conditions.

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Alcohol Remains Popular Drug Among Teens

4/27/2016 – 2:01 pm

Alcohol remains the number one drug of choice among the nation’s youth. The Drug Free Action Alliance reports that April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and as such parents can use that time for help their kids understand the impacts of alcohol. They recommend parents listen to their kids before they talk, to ask open-ended questions, be involved in their kids lives, and to set expectations, limits and consequences for their children.

Building positive relationships with kids takes time but being open about concerns and engaging in a positive dialogue when it comes to alcohol, the Alliance notes goes a long way to avoiding issues down the road. The earlier you talk to you kids and establish a dialogue, the better the chances to avoid issues. For more information about talking to your kids, visit the alliance at Drug Free Action

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New Court Program Aims To Assist Families Dealing With Dependency Treatment

4/27/2016 – 1:27 pm

A new court system will help families who need assistance in combating addiction in Hancock County. The Family Dependency Treatment Court will look at providing assistance to families in a number of different ways. Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson says that one of the ways the court will help is by providing children’s services to pregnant mothers who are addicted to heroin before a baby is born.

Audio: Judge Kristen Johnson

Other services of the court will be to coordinate treatment for addicts and ensuring the entire family is getting help. Johnson says family treatment courts have a positive effect in child welfare cases with 30 percent more children able to remain in their homes when involved in a family court.

Audio: Judge Kristen Johnson

A grant from the Ohio Supreme Court for $130,000 over four years will help pay for a coordinator for the court. And earlier this month the Hancock County Commissioners agreed to provide county benefits to the coordinator.

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Hancock County Teen Reported Missing

4/27/2016 – 12:57 pm

A Hancock County teenager has been missing and authorities are looking for her. Hancock Jobs & Family Services reports that the teen, 16-year-old Alyssa Hope Neal has been missing from her foster home since April 14th. Neal is described as having long dark brown hair, hazel eyes, she is about 5’6″ and weighs around 200 pounds. She has nose, lip and ear piercings but no visible tattoos.

Neal was previously in a foster home in the Lima area and has been listed on the National Missing and Exploited Children’s website as well. Anyone with any information about her is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST or contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. A picture of Neal can be also found above.

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North Baltimore Teen Charged In OD Death

4/27/2016 – 10:44 am

A North Baltimore teenager was indicted last week on charges in the death of a man who died of a drug overdose. The Courier reports that 19-year-old Alexis De Los Reyes of North Baltimore was indicted by a Wood County grand jury with one count of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.

The indictment notes that De Los Reyes “did recklessly cause the death of Alexander Sabatino” on or about January 11th. It states that “such death was the … result of defendant committing or attempting to commit the felony offense of drug abuse.”

More: The Courier

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