Review Category : Local News

Findlay Police Officer Injured in Single-Car Accident

10/15/14     2:28 p.m.

A Findlay police officer was involved in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on East Main Cross Street.

38-year-old Officer Ryan Parsons was eastbound in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street in a police vehicle when he left the right side of the roadway and hit a power pole at 7:55 a.m.

Parsons sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by a police vehicle where he was treated and released.

The police vehicle was heavily damaged and was towed from the scene by Mac & Bob’s Towing. The power pole broke off near the ground and was later repaired by AEP.

A medical issue is a suspected factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Testimony Begins in Montre Robinson Murder Trial

10/15/14     1:44 p.m.

Montre Robinson’s murder trial entered its second day with the attorneys’ opening statements and a jury trip to where Joe Gutierrez III was killed Nov. 8, 2013.

Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece told the jury that Robinson pushed shooter Ralph Harris III to seek payback for an alleged fight between Robinson and Harris. Harris was unable to identify his attacker, but Robinson said he was certain according to Treece.

Defense attorney Ronnie Wingate said prosecutors are relying heavily on Harris’ questionable testimony. The trial will resume later this afternoon with witness testimony.

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Fostoria Woman Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash

10/15/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Fostoria woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident in northern Hancock County Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on State Route 613.

35-year-old Tanya Waltermyer was driving west on Route 613 when she was hit by a black pickup truck that ran a stop sign on Cass Township Road 232. The driver of the truck took off to the north. A short time later the truck was found in Bloomdale.

Jeffery Minard was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign and leaving the scene of an accident. Waltermyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.


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Findlay Man Accused Of Assaulting Deputies

10/15/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies. The Hancock County grand jury handed up an indictment against 24-year-old Andrew Huffman Tuesday. Huffman allegedly attacked Deputy Shane Leeth and Deputy Thomas Miller.

The incident happened last Thursday in Amanda Township.

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Leipsic School District Website Hacked

10/15/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The Leipsic school district’s website was the target of hackers Tuesday. The Lima News reports staff members were notified about the issue around 8 a.m. People trying to view the website were being directed to another site. The problem was fixed within about 15 minutes.

An email from Superintendent Greg Williamson said that no personal data was taken, because no personal data is stored on the site. Williamson added that the district didn’t believe the hacker was local.

MORE: Lima News

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Hancock County Budget Looks Good Through Nine Months

10/15/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Work continues on Hancock County’s budget. The county commissioners met with the budget commission Tuesday to review third-quarter numbers from this year. Revenue is up for the county, having collected $16.7 million through three-quarters of the year, compared to $16.1 million last year.

Expenses are up a little as well. The county has spent $13.4 million through nine months, which is about $56,000 more than 2013.

The commissioners hope to be able to carry-over $2.5 million from this year’s budget into 2015.

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Jury Seated For Findlay Murder Trial

10/15/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A jury was seated Tuesday for a Findlay murder trial. The Courier reports the jury for Montre Robinson consists of nine-women and three-men. Robinson is accused in the murder of Joe Gutierrez III on November 8 of last year at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal Avenues. Prosecutors say Robinson drove the gunman to the scene of the shooting.

The first day of testimony is scheduled to begin today. The jury will visit the site where the shooting happened. It’s expected the trial could last through next week.

The gunman in the shooting pleaded guilty already. 21-year-old Ralph Harris of Findlay will be sentenced after Robinson’s trial.

MORE: The Courier

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Wood County Exotic Animal Owner Wants More Time To Comply With Rules

The owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics in Wood County is asking for more time to comply with Ohio’s new exotic animal law. Earlier this month, Kenny Hetrick was told he had ten days to surrender his animals to the state or face criminal charges. Hetrick previously said he was defying the state law because he didn’t have the money to follow its requirements, but now says money isn’t an issue because of donations coming in from all over the world.

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Replacement Conveyor Belt Will Transport Sludge from WPCC to Dump

10/14/14     8:27 p.m.

Findlay’s Water Pollution Control Center will be getting an upgrade in the form of a new conveyor belt soon. City council’s appropriations committee approved the $48,000 purchase to replace the failing belt at Tuesday’s meeting.

Service-safety director Paul Schmelzer told city council’s appropriations committee the conveyor removes sludge and transports it into a dump truck. The conveyor has been in use since 1988 and is close to failing according to Schmelzer. He said doing all the necessary repairs would be about half the cost of replacing the belt.
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Findlay Paying $3746 to Decorate Downtown Light Poles for Holiday Season

10/14/14     6:29 p.m.

In about a month downtown Findlay’s halls will be decked for Christmas. Council’s appropriations committee approved $3746 to decorate the 31 light poles Findlay is responsible for downtown. The other 39 are the responsibility of the Downtown Findlay Improvement District.
Findlay pays the DFID to unpack, decorate, repack and store all the pole decorations every year. The annual payment also covers any repairs or maintenance needed for the decorations.
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