Review Category : Local News

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.

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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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Findlay Man Injured In One-Car Crash East Of The City Tuesday Night

8/31/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Alcohol has been cited as a factor in a one-car crash in Hancock County Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old John Cole was driving west on County Road 7 around 10:30 p.m. when he lost control on a curve near Hancock County Road 248, east of Findlay.

Cole’s car went off the road and hit a utility pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Cole was cited for failure to maintain control and for driving under the influence.

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Hancock County Extends Phone Contract

8/31/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Hancock County plans to use the Findlay City School’s dark fiber network for telephone services in the future, but the system isn’t ready yet. As a result, the county commissioners agreed to extend their contract with Centrex for another year. The county pays around $10,000 a month for phone services. If the county decides to abandon the contract once the fiber loop is ready, they’ll still have to pay the remaining amount.

Telecommunications coordinator Dale Shaheen told the commissioners the extension was cheaper than a new contract would have been. AT&T quoted the county a monthly rate of more than $91,000 for a monthly deal.

The fiber loop is expected to be online sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

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McComb Man’s Prison Sentence Upheld By Appeals Court

8/31/16 – 5:12 A.M.

An appeals court has upheld the sentence of a McComb man. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima issued an opinion Monday in the case of 39-year-old Kevin Potts. Potts was convicted on charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault for breaking into the home of an off-duty Hancock County corrections officer last summer. He was sentenced to 17-years in prison as a result.

Potts’ girlfriend had accused officer John Sheppard of sexually assaulting her while she was in jail for drunk driving. She was found guilty of making false accusations and sentenced to jail the same day of the attack. Potts pointed a loaded handgun at Sheppard during the break-in. The two fought until a sheriff’s deputy arrived to help.

Pott’s appeal raised five points. The claim said there was insufficient evidence he knowingly caused harm to Sheppard; that the trial court refused to advise the jury on a lesser charge; that the trial court didn’t allow cross-examination on specific matters; that the prosecution was allowed to offer opinion on witness credibility during closing arguments, and that the sentences for the two convictions should have been merged.

The appeals court found no basis for any of the claims made in the appeal process.

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Opening Day Arrives For The Hancock County Fair

8/31/16 – 4:53 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair opens today. The first day of the fair will see plenty of activity. Several junior fair shows will take place throughout the day, including horse, swine, and rabbit showmanship. Many open class competitions will also be on the agenda.

The main attraction in the south grandstand tonight will be the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. It will be followed by the junior fair king and queen coronation and the Hancock County Band Show.

A list of all the candidates for king and queen can be found in today’s edition of the Courier.

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New Law Leaves Many Unanswered Questions About Legalizing Medical Marijuana

08/30/16 – 8:57 P.M.

Ohio’s new medical marijuana law goes into effect on September 8 but there is still confusion around it. Director of wellness and education Zach Thomas from the ADAMHS board says there is a lot of grey area about the legislation.

Zach Thomas

Doctors will also have a tough time figuring out what to do. Thomas from the says there isn’t a clear-cut method for giving recommendations.

Zach Thomas

This also affects how the police and courts will look at marijuana use. Ron Craig who is the crime prevention officer for Bloomville PD in Seneca County explains that there is a legal pitfall.

Ron Craig

There is still a lot of work to be done to figure out regulation. Lawmakers have yet to decide who gets the marijuana, how they get it, and how much a person can get.

There will be commissions put in place to hash out plans for regulating the law. Until then Ohio will remain in this awkward state.

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