Review Category : Local News

Seneca County Man Sentenced In Arson Case

6/12/14 – 7:16 A.M.

A Seneca County man will spend 17 years in prison for setting his house on fire last year. The Blade reports 73-year-old Lloyd Hicks of Bellevue was convicted Tuesday on charges of felonious assault, abduction, and aggravated arson.

The incident in question happened last September. Hicks tried to drag his wife back into the house he had set on fire. He also fired a gun at a deputy who responded to the scene.

MORE: The Blade

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Drug Enforcement Officers Raid Fostoria Home Wednesday Night

6/12/14 – 6:59 A.M.

Complaints about drug sales at a home in Fostoria led to a bust Wednesday night. The Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH-Enforcement Unit served a warrant at 300 East Tiffin Street. Officers recovered a small amount of marijuana and evidence of drug trafficking.

Officers found several people in the home including three children under 10 years old. No arrests were made in relation to the warrant, but charges could be filed. 27-year-old Renaurj Lamb of Toledo was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for drug trafficking in Lucas County.

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Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged “Pool Peeper”

6/12/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A Fostoria man is accused of taking pictures of juveniles in a restroom at the city’s swimming pool. The Review-Times reports officers were called to the pool Tuesday afternoon to investigate. Officers took a cell phone from the suspect. The 22-year-old man was not arrested, but was ordered to never return to the pool.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper he believes the man has a “disability” of some sort. Loreno adds he wants to have the case expedited to speed up the investigation.

MORE: Review-Times

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City And County Still Hashing Out Contracts For Court Services

6/12/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The city of Findlay and Hancock County are still negotiating contracts to pay for court related services. The Courier reports that the city hasn’t paid the county for services while those contracts are being hashed out. The city administration tells the newspaper there’s no reason to believe the issues can’t be hammered out.

One sticking point is legal fees for indigent defendants. The county commissioners requested a $5,000 increase to the $90,000 the city already pays for people who can’t afford their own legal representation. Public Defender Commission Chairman Roger Miller says the state is threatening to withold monthly contributions until an agreement is reached. City Law Director Don Rasmussen says more information is needed about state contributions.

Findlay also hasn’t signed a new contract on housing city inmates in the county jail. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says the proposed contract doesn’t address the county charging the city for a full day of hosting an inmate even if they only stay an hour. She says the contract also needs to require the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to transport city inmates elsewhere if there isn’t enough room in the county jail.

MORE: The Courier

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Trial Date Set For Gilboa Man Accused Of More Than 50 Sex Crimes

6/12/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The trial date has been set for a Gilboa man charged with more than 50 sex crimes. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Judge Randall Basinger scheduled Gary Badertscher’s trial for July 14 during a Wednesday hearing. A July 3 cutoff date was set for any potential plea agreements.

Badertscher pled not guilty to the charges last December. Some of the charges he faces include counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Money Transfer Request Causing a Commotion

6/12/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A money transfer request in the city of Findlay has become a sticking point. The Courier reports two city council members are voicing opposition to move $50,000 into an account that pays for claims, settlements and other legal costs. Law Director Don Rasmussen says there’s no set amount of what the city could pay out of that account, but as it stands now it is empty.

First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische and Sixth Ward Councilman Andy Douglas both say there’s no need to move money for expenses that haven’t come up yet. Douglas says the $50,000 amount is excessive.

Rasmussen argues that going to city council for an appropriation everytime a legal payment comes due slows his ability to pay the claims. Second Ward Councilman Randy Van Dyne said he supports the “speed of business approach.”

Findlay usually budgets around $20,000 at the beginning of the year to cover these types of expenses. This year the city has settled a $15,000 federal civil rights case and paid more than $13,000 in legal fees. City Council approved a resolution to cover the difference in April.

MORE: The Courier

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More Ottawa Properties Could Be Considered At High Risk For Flooding

6/12/14 – 4:49 A.M.

More Ottawa properties could be designated as high risks for flood water inundation if a new FEMA flood map is approved. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village recently received preliminary flood maps. The biggest change is that zones of moderate to minimal risk have all been moved into high risk areas.

If the map is approved, it could mean more Ottawa residents would be required to carry flood insurance, or see changes in their current flood protection rates.

FEMA will hold public meetings on the issue. No meetings have been scheduled yet.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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New Ohio Graduation Standards Will Challenge Educators And Students

6/11/14 – 11:06 A.M.

The state legislature passed new graduation standards for Ohio high school students last week, and it means big changes. Liberty-Benton High School Principal Brenda Frankhart explained some of the major changes today…

Audio: Brenda Frankart

Frankhart says the new tests will be a big departure from the Ohio Graduation Test…

Audio: Brenda Frankart

Frankart is also concerned about the technology needed to run the test. She said LB took part in a pilot program to see how the tests would work this year, and had problems getting the tests to run right.

High school students will take the new tests in seven subjects.

Two alternatives were also passed last week. Students can use their SAT or ACT scores in place of the English and math tests. Kids on the vocational path can get a diploma by getting an industry-recognized credential.

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Preparations Underway For Team USA Softball Arrival In Findlay

6/11/14 – 10:38 A.M.

The US Women’s National Softball team will play a double header in Findlay next Tuesday, but the events surrounding their visit get underway this weekend. Starting Friday the Greg Miller Memorial tournament will feature 60 softball teams from around the state and beyond. Right about the time that wraps up, the national team will be arriving in Findlay. Jim Welch is helping organize the visit and says it will be a busy few days for the team…

Audio: Jim Welch

The team will play a doubleheader against a team of college all stars at the Cube followed by an autograph session.

Welch says the national governing body of softball, the ASA, has taken notice of the growing popularity of girls fastpitch in Findlay…

Audio: Jim Welch

He adds that top notch facilities like the Marathon Diamonds and Van Buren’s fields help attract the national team as well.

Tickets are $10 and are still available.

You can get more information at findlayfastpitch.org or blackhawksfastpitch.org

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Forest Man Injured In Monday Crash

6/11/14 – 7:23 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Forest man Monday. Kentontoday.com reports the accident happened on Hardin County Road 144 around 5:15 p.m.

29-year-old Matthew Mulholland was driving west on 144 when he went left of center. His SUV hit an eastbound Peacock Water Conditioning truck driven by 64-year-old Musolf.

Witnesses told investigators Mulholland was speeding and had been driving left of center for some time before the crash happened. He was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

The crash remains under investigation.

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