Review Category : Local News

Former Fostoria Man Sentenced For Burglaries

5/1/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Former Fostoria man will spend five years in prison for a series of burglaries in Sandusky County. The Review-Times reports 38-year-old Shane Heberling pleaded guilty to the charges. Investigators say Heberling targeted homes to steal from in the Clyde area last October. He later sold the items taken at pawn shops.

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Putnam County Man Sentenced For Sex Crimes

5/1/14 – 4:53 A.M.

A Putnam County man was sentenced Wednesday for inappropriately touching two boys. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 50-year-old Charles Recker will spend 45 days in jail and register as a Tier 1 Sex Offender. Recker had pleaded no contest to charges of sexual imposition.

But the crimes Recker was found guilty of apparently only scratch the surface of his history of sex crimes. During the court proceedings, Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder said Recker has admitted he raped a family member many times. The incidents were never reported and charges were never filed.

Schroeder added that Recker admitted in letters that while he was a janitor at Continental Schools he tried to get female students to engage in sexual activity with him. Recker resigned as a custodian at the school 25 years ago. No charges were ever filed.

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More Details Released On Recent Prostitution Sting

5/1/14 – 4:43 A.M.

Law enforcement has released more details on a solicitation sting conducted a week ago. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says they conducted the operation with help from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Perrysburg Township Police Department. Officers targeted prostitution at I-75 truck stops on State Route 613 near Van Buren and State Route 18 in North Baltimore.

Police arrested five men on solicitation charges. None of them were from the area.

Law enforcement in northwest Ohio has been cracking down on prostitutes and their customers the last few years. The goal is to stop human trafficking in our area.

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Economic Development Board Formed In McComb

A group of business leaders is working to spur economic development in McComb. Joe Wasson, the former owner of Bennett’s Furniture, says the village’s economic development board formed a couple of months ago. Wasson says the non-profit organization is moving forward strategically…

Audio: Joe Wasson

Wasson says the committee isn’t just made up of McComb residents. Tony Iriti and Tim Mayle of the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance economic development group helped put the board together. The Community Foundation also gave a grant to the organization to get them started.

Wasson says McComb has a lot to offer businesses…

Audio: Joe Wasson

Wasson adds the proximity to the CSX rail yard in North Baltimore doesn’t hurt either.

Wasson tells us one idea the group has had is to pursue area businesses to set up smaller satellite shops in downtown.

The group is also working on a business expo to show off what McComb has to offer in early July.

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Lima Man Killed In Warehouse Accident

4/30/14 – 8:13 A.M.

A Lima man was killed in a Cincinnati warehouse accident early this morning. 700 WLW reports 65-year-old Donald Stevenson was found pinned between a wall and a metal ramp at a Nash Finch facility in the city. Stevenson was a truck driver for the company.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the incident.

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Three Men Charged In Fostoria Park Assault

4/30/14 – 7:11 A.M.

Three Wood County men are facing charges for allegedly assaulting a man at a Fostoria park over the weekend. Prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Michael Enright, 20-year-old James Frederick, and 20-year-old Joshua McCoy with assault. The Risingsun men are accused of jumping another man at a park on Vine Street Sunday.

All three will have will have preliminary hearings May 6.

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Fostoria Mom Sentenced For Abandoning Children

4/30/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A Fostoria mother who left her children home alone for almost five days will not go to jail. The Review-Times reports 39-year-old Jacqueline Gibson was sentenced on a count of child endangerment. Judge Mark Repp gave Gibson a 180 day suspended sentence, and also ordered her to undergo counseling.

Gibson left her two 11-year-old children home alone for between four and five days just before Christmas. Police discovered Gibson had left because she was mad at the kids. The children were placed in the custody of their grandparents.

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Drug Indictments Handed Up By Hancock County Grand Jury

4/30/14 – 5:28 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury handed up indictments against three men accused of drug crimes Tuesday. 42-year-old Darius Reaves of Lousville, Kentucky faces a charge of aggravated drug possession. Police say they found him with more than 100 times the bulk amount of a drug commonly known as BZP on January 9.

The grand jury also indicted 19-year-old Detron Edwards and 23-year-old Nkwane Young. Both Michigan residents are charged with three counts of drug possession. They were allegedly found with 30 oxycodone pills, 140 Percocet pills and 96 Xanax pills in their car April 19.

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Findlay Council Hears Arguments About E-Cigarettes

4/30/14 – 5:11 A.M.

An informal Findlay city council meeting Tuesday heard discussion about e-cigarette use. Representatives of the Findlay Health Department lobbied for council to ban the use of the devices indoors. If the city moved forward with the suggestion, Findlay would be the first city in Ohio to ban the indoor use of e-cigarettes.

There’s no consensus on that subject with council. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische said Findlay should be the “trendsetter” on the subject. But Councilwoman-At-Large Anne Spence disagreed. Spence said there’s no proof the vapors from e-cigarettes are harmful to others. Third Ward Councilman Ron Monday added that a ban in the city could drive customers to businesses just outside the city limits.

Council will now decide if they will form a subcommittee to consider the Health Department’s suggestions.

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Township Trustees Petition For Blanchard River Cleaning

4/30/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Township trustees in Hancock County are getting in on the Blanchard River cleaning debate. The Courier reports trustees from nine of the county’s 17 townships signed a petition asking for the river to be cleaned out. The document calls for all logjams and islands to be removed from the river. It also asks for river banks to be cleared and planted with grass.

The current cleaning effort clears the islands in the river, but doesn’t remove them. The EPA will not allow the commissioners to remove the islands.

David Bower of Eagle Township and Jerry Wolford of Cass Township delivered the petition. Both are officers in the Hancock County Trustee’s Association but say the petition was held separate from that.

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