Review Category : Local News

Sheriff’s Office Stresses Child Safety While Visiting The Hancock County Fair

9/1/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding you to keep an eye on your kids while you’re at the county fair this year. Deputy Shane Leeth tells the Courier it’s a bad idea to simply drop young kids off at the fair for the day. Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker adds that you should decide on a place to meet if someone becomes lost.

Other suggestions for keeping track of your kids at the fair include writing your phone number on your child’s arm with a liquid bandage or nail polish. Child identification cards are also available at the sheriff’s building. Children can always look for help from a deputy if they get separated from their family as well.

The Hancock County Fair kicked off Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says there haven’t been any serious problems.

MORE: The Courier

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Bowling Green School District Dealing With Bus Driver Shortage

9/1/16 – 4:40 A.M.

The search is underway for more school bus drivers in Bowling Green. District officials say the shortage of drivers is forcing delays in getting students to and from school and extracurricular activities. People interested in becoming a Bowling Green school bus driver need only a good driving record to get started. More information is online at

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Free Class At University Of Findlay Enters Second Week

08/31/16 – 10:40 P.M.

This week marked the second installment of a weekly class held at the University of Findlay about substance abuse disorders. Dr. Mike Milks talked about the new trend of putting carfentanil in heroin.


Milks says that carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. He also covered how drugs can become addictive through the release of dopamine.

Dopamine is a chemical that makes you feel good and can come about in various ways. Milks says it happens when you run long distances or look into the eyes of a loved one. He adds that drugs use this chemical as well.


This release of dopamine is what can lead to addiction.

During the class, he also covered what happens when the body has withdrawal. According to Milks, it comes about because the body is trying to fix the problem.


Next Wednesday Milks has invited speakers to talk about recovery.


You can come to the class in room 2225 of the Davis Street Building at 6 pm every Wednesday to learn more.

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You Can Join Ninja Warrior At The Hancock County Fair

08/31/16 – 10:00 P.M.

The hit tv show Ninja Warrior has made its way to the Hancock County Fair. Tom Harmon is helping the event and he says there are some fun obstacles.

Tom Harmon

It only cost $5 until this weekend where there will be the official competition. Harmon says you can practice until then.

Tom Harmon

According to Harmon, being involved in the competition doesn’t cost much.

Tom Harmon

The competition will be fierce as two counties go head to head. Harmon says they’ve invited some previous winners.

Tom Harmon

The top five finishers will receive cash prizes.


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Ohio Northern University Ranked By The Princeton Review

08/31/16 – 2:54 P.M.

Ohio Northern University was ranked to be a great school to attend. While in no particular order ONU made the Princeton Review as one of the top 381 colleges in the nation. They also listed the school as one of the best in the midwest. According to the review, ONU has a 95% job and graduate school placement rate. ONU attributes this to its excellent professors. The school has an average class size of 10-19 students which helps professors connect to students.

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Tiffin Man Injured In Tuesday Crash On U.S. 224

8/31/16 – 9:02 A.M.

A Tiffin man was injured when his car was hit by a semi at the intersection of U.S. 224 and State Route 587 Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports 29-year-old Brent Reese of Swanton was driving his semi west on U.S. 224 around 1:30 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto Route 587. He ended up hitting 53-year-old Randall Eckert’s car.

It took rescue crews about an hour to get Eckert out of the car. He was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter for treatment of serious injuries.

Reese was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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Couple Involved In June High Speed Chase Make Court Appearances

8/31/16 – 8:53 A.M.

A pair of Kentucky residents accused of stealing a car in Hancock County and leading police on a chase on I-75 in Allen and Auglaize counties appeared in court Tuesday. The Lima News reports 21-year-old Kaylee Herman pleaded guilty to a charge of stolen property of a motor vehicle. A separate grand theft charge was dropped as a result. She could spend up to 18 months in prison.

22-year-old Shawn Gregory also appeared in court. He waived his right to a speedy trial. Prosecutors say he was the driver during the June 16 chase. Gregory is charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, grand theft of a motor vehicle, attempted vehicular assault, and receiving stolen property. He could spend nine years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Police say the couple was committing crimes in Hancock County when they stole a running car from a Findlay gas station. Troopers tried to pull over the car near Beaverdam a short time later, but Gregory sped away. He led officers on a southbound chase that entered the northbound lanes and finally ended near Cridersville when troopers intentionally hit the car to disable it.

MORE: Lima News

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Fostoria Home Damaged By Tuesday Fire

8/31/16 – 8:31 A.M.

A Fostoria home was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 502 College Avenue around 12:35 p.m. Three people were inside at the time but were able to escape safely. When firefighters arrived at the home they were greeted by heavy smoke pouring out of the building.

It took about 15 minutes to put out the flames, but damage to the house was extensive. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but investigators say it started near a washer and dryer.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family that lived in the home.

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Findlay Man Avoids Major Injury After Truck Crashes Into Pond

8/31/16 – 7:40 A.M.

Two people were able to escape from a pickup truck after it crashed into a pond west of Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year-old Joseph Ludwig was driving east on State Route 12 around 4:30 p.m. when he failed to slow down for another car turning into a driveway near State Route 235. Ludwig’s truck hit the other car and then went off the road and into a nearby pond.

Both Ludwig and a passenger were able to get out of the truck and the pond on their own. Ludwig was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was cited for driving while intoxicated and for driving left of center.

69-year-old Michael Howard was driving the other car involved in the crash. He was not hurt.

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Another Bomb Threat Made At Nissin Brake In Findlay

8/31/16 – 6:58 A.M.

For the second time this month, a bomb threat has been reported at Nissin Brake in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports that just before 2 a.m. Wednesday an employee found a note that said there was a bomb in the building. The plant at 1901 Industrial Drive was evacuated and searched.

Nothing suspicious was found and employees returned to work. The case remains under investigation and so far there are no suspects.

A similar threat was made at the business on August 18. So far there’s no word on if the cases are related.

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