Review Category : Local News

Three Injured In Seneca County Crash

3/30/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A head-on collision sent three people to the hospital in Seneca County Friday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 53 near Old Fort around 8:20 p.m.

49-year-old Michelle Gaietto of Lindsay, Ohio was driving north on Route 53 when she lost control on the icy road and hit a car driven by 22-year-old Brittany Martin of Upper Sandusky. Both drivers and a passenger in Martin’s car, 19-year-old Donald Barth of Upper Sandusky, were taken by medical helicopters to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

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Gas Prices Higher Than A Week Ago

3/30/15 – 5:40 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we start another work week. reports the average price in Findlay is around $2.33 a gallon this morning. That’s up from $2.29 a gallon a week ago. However, prices did drop a bit over the weekend.

Ottawa drivers are also reporting an average price of $2.33 a gallon to start the week.

The statewide average is $2.38 a gallon, up from $2.32 last Monday.

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Osborn Avenue Closed In Findlay Today

3/30/15 – 5:33 A.M.

A Findlay street will be closed for manhole construction work today. The city engineering department says Osborn Avenue will be closed between East Sandusky Street and East Main Cross Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Further updates will be given later today.

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Allegations Against VB Football Coach Investigated

3/30/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The Van Buren school board has finished its investigation into allegations against the high school football coach. The Courier reports the board found administrators responded appropriately to the alleged incidents.

A mother in the district had accused football coach Kevin Shoup of allowing the her son to be bullied and sexually assaulted. The board said Shoup, Principal Mike Brand, and Superintendent Tim Myers, “promptly, and in good faith, investigated the allegations and responded appropriately and consistently where necessary.”

The board said it can’t discuss specifics because of student privacy laws. The mother of the boy and her attorney also declined further comment.

MORE: The Courier

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Senator Brown Talks About Great Lakes Water Quality

3/30/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Eventually it’s going to warm up, and when it does there will be concerns about toxic algae developing on Lake Erie again.  U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says the issue is addressed in part of the farm bill…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says one key to fighting runoff from farms is finding the right economic incentives to encourage farmers to plant cover crops.  For the most part he thinks farmers need guidance with best practices rather than heavy regulation.  He added the agriculture industry is coming through on the issue better than they have in the past.

Brown says drinking water is just one issue that faces the Great Lakes…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

There has also been legislation to fight invasive species in the Great Lakes to help protect the fishing industry.

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Ottawa Man Killed In Weekend Crash

3/30/15 – 5:11 A.M.

An Ottawa man was killed in a weekend crash. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 11:45 p.m. Friday night but wasn’t discovered until the following morning around 8 a.m.

34-year-old Brett Varner was driving north on State Route 634 just north of State Route 114 when he lost control rounding a curve. His car hit a ditch, became airborne, and landed in a field. From there the car traveled down a hill, went airborne again for around 120 feet, and landed on an embankment on the Auglaize River. The car then sank back into the river.

Investigators say Varner was driving at an “unsafe speed.” He was also not wearing a properly adjusted seatbelt. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

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Findlay Cigar Store Robbed Sunday

3/30/15 – 5:00 A.M.

A Findlay business was robbed Sunday. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at Cigars and Stuff at 710 South Blanchard Street just after 1 p.m. in the afternoon. A man walked into the store and handed an employee a note demanding money from the cash register. He then reached over the counter and took the money before fleeing to the north on foot. He did not display a weapon.

The suspect was described as a thin white man, around 5’10” to 6′ tall. He was in his late 20’s or early 30’s. The suspect had short brown hair and what was described as several days growth of facial hair. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black leather jacket, and blue jeans. He also had what appeared to be a black and white checkered shirt under the sweatshirt.

The incident remains under investigation.


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Tiffin Police Looking for Teen Missing Since Monday

03/27/15     4:10 p.m.

Tiffin Police are asking for help locating 14-year-old Madalyn Hiser, who has been missing since Monday.

Police say she was last seen at her family home Sunday night but was gone Monday morning. They believe she left on her own will but because of lack of evidence are examining every possible reason as to why she is missing.

Hiser has pierced ears and a scar on her left arm above the elbow. When she was last seen the tips of her dark hair were dyed blue.

If you have any information you are asked to call Tiffin PD at 419-447-2323.

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Carry Concealed Changes Concern Hancock County Sheriff

03/27/15     3:37 p.m.

A new state law that took effect Wednesday made a number of changes to Ohio gun laws. The biggest changes deal with carry concealed licenses and the requirements to get them.

Audio: Mike Heldman

Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman said one of the biggest changes and concerns is the decrease in training hours from 12 to eight. He said that even officers who handle weapons daily still have misfires and injuries. Cutting down training time for non-law enforcement increases that risk of injury.

Additionally, those who move to Ohio who come from a state with reciprocity (38 total) may apply for an Ohio license without retaking a class, which also goes for those who live out-of-state but work in Ohio.

Other changes:

  • Hunters allowed to use suppressors/silencers on guns
  • Ohioans may buy rifles, shotguns and ammunition from any state
  • New CCW application (many still have old applications)
  • Ohio residents may apply for CCW licenses in neighboring counties to their county of residence
  • Required class time for CCW training (now six hours) can be done online
  • Background checks will include the NICS database for CCW licenses (in addition to existing two databases)
  • Minor misdemeanor drug convictions no longer mean refusal for CCW licenses
  • Those with a domestic violence charge who plead down to a lesser conviction, such as disorderly conduct, may be granted a CCW license
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