Review Category : Local News

Findlay Man Accused Of Murdering Son Wants Body Exhumed

11/18/14 – 10:29 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his young son is asking the body be exhumed for further examination. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn explains…

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Jerrod Hartman is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning. There’s no word on if the request will be ruled on then. Hartman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the case.

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Wyandot County Man Sentenced For Causing Fatal Crash

11/18/14 – 7:33 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was sentenced this month for causing a fatal accident last summer. 30-year-old Wade Gottfried of Nevada was given a 90-day jail sentence, with 80 days suspended. The June 25 crash killed Stephanie Cowgill.

Cowgill was getting items out of the trunk of her car near the U.S. 23/State Route 199 entrance ramp when Gottfried struck her.

Gottfried also had his driver’s license suspended for a year.

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Fostoria Man Sentenced For Raping Child

11/18/14 – 7:21 A.M.

A Fostoria man was sentenced Monday for raping a child. 24-year-old Eric Welly was given a 25-years to life prison term by Judge Michael Kelbley. Welly withdrew his not guilty plea after a psychological evaluation found him competent to stand trial. The victim in the case was a 4-year-old boy.

A report from the Fostoria Police Department says Welly admitted the rape during a police investigation on July 11.

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Winter Weather Causing Areas To Avoid On Roadways This Morning

11/18/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Hancock and Seneca Counties are under Level 1 Road Alerts, meaning roads are icy and snow covered. You’re urged to drive with extreme caution.

There are a couple of trouble spots on area roads you’ll want to avoid. Hancock County Road 236 near State Route 613 is impassable due to blowing snow and ice on the road. County crews are working to clear the roadway.

Also this morning the Railroad Crossing on County Road 99 by Ball Metal on Findlay’s northside is malfunctioning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says CSX has been notified, but it’s a good idea to stay away for now as there is no word on when the gates will be fixed.


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UF Campus Security To Transition Into Police Force

11/18/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The University of Findlay campus security office may become its own police force in 2016. The Courier reports approval to make the transition was given by the university’s board of trustees late last month. A campus police department would be allowed to make arrests, as well as determine if issues should be handled with criminal charges or university discipline. Campus security officers are also not armed like a police officer.

It will take at least a year-and-a-half to make the change. In the meantime, a steering committee will help develop policy for the new department, and officers will have to be hired. Around 20 people would work for the campus police office.

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Trial Date Moved For Alleged Fostoria Gunman

11/18/14 – 5:24 A.M.

The trial of an accused murderer in Fostoria won’t take place until next year. The Review-Times reports a jury trial for 18-year-old Garrett Brown was set to begin Monday, but was pushed back since a new lawyer recently took over his case. The trial will now start on February 10.

Brown is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio during a May 21 robbery on East Culbertson Street. Two other teenagers have pleaded guilty in the case and will be sentenced after Brown’s trial.

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Body Of Putnam County Man Found At Crash Site

11/18/14 – 5:04 A.M.

A Putnam County man was found dead at the scene of a crash south of Ottoville Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the body of 79-year-old Victor Fischbach was found in a minivan around 3 p.m. The minivan was in a ditch on Road 23-Q, north of Road T.

The patrol reports the nature and severity of the crash don’t seem consistent with a crash related death. An autopsy will be performed to determine what killed Fishbach. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor. Fischbach was not wearing a seatbelt.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Veterans Agency Drops Suit Against Hancock County

11/18/14 – 4:56 A.M.

A suit filed against the Hancock County Commissioners by the Hancock County Veterans Service Commission has been dropped. The Courier reports a pretrial hearing was held Monday morning before the case was dismissed. Neither side has said if concessions have been made, but Veterans Services Director Nichole Coleman told the newspaper things ended on a positive note.

The dispute centered on a modified budget for the Veterans Service Office. The commissioners had issued the office a charge of more than $38,000 for “indirect costs.” Coleman said the commissioners have no legal authority to change her office’s budget. Her agency gets operating funds from a half mill of the property taxes collected in the county. The office has never claimed all the millage they are due, sending the rest of the money back to the county’s general fund.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle told the Courier the commissioners have typically paid for the veterans offices indirect expenses since all the millage wasn’t claimed. Riegle says other offices are typically billed by the commissioners for similar costs.

The Veterans Service Commission has requested a budget of $811,000 in 2015. That’s roughly 94 percent of the millage the office can claim. It’s also around $58,000 more than this year’s budget.

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Findlay City Schools Looking Toward Technology Upgrade

11/17/14     11:52 p.m.

Findlay City Schools may soon be updating its technology infrastructure. At last night’s board meeting, director of technology Martin White presented the board with the district’s current technology situation. Under the current lease with AT&T, which is in contract until 2016, only the high school and Donnell Middle School receive have workable connection speeds and the bandwidth does not meet building needs.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt said in order for Findlay to keep up technology-wise and allow for new opportunities, an upgrade is necessary. At this point, the district is considering a contract with Buckeye Telesystem. Findlay is currently paying $132,000 per year with AT&T and would save more than $101,000 per year by switching to Buckeye.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Another influence pushing the district toward the switch is state testing requirements. Currently the state allows the option of computer or pencil and paper testing, but beginning next year all tests will be standardized. According to the administration, the current infrastructure would allow for no more than two classrooms and two computer labs of testing to take place at once. With so few students able to test at once, the district would have to extend its testing schedule even further which would take away from classroom time.

The new system would be run on Dark Fibers, two per buildings, which would allow the district to control the bandwidth. The district is now gathering additional Dark Fiber proposals and make a recommendation to the board for further action by the Dec. 15 meeting.

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Highway Patrol Finds 200 Grams of Heroin During Traffic Stop Friday

11/17/14     4:14 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized 200 grams of heroin during a traffic stop in Hancock County on Friday.

Troopers pulled over a pick-up truck just before 7 p.m. Friday for a marked lanes violation on I-75. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers smelled marijuana.

During a pat down, they found 200 grams of heroin, worth an estimated $30,000, and a gram of marijuana inside the pants of the passenger, 35-year-old Davell Smith of Toledo. Smith was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking heroin.

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