Review Category : Local News

Murder Trial For Arlington Man Pushed Back To April

1/12/17 – 5:08 A.M.

An Arlington man’s murder trial won’t take place until this spring. The Courier reports Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson rescheduled 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell’s trial for April 17 following a Wednesday hearing. It was set for later this month. Prosecutors say Houdeshell killed 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell in Findlay last March.

Houdeshell’s lawyer told the judge he needs more time to work with a medical expert. Attorney Adam Newmann also said he needs longer blocks of time with his client in the Hancock County jail.

Investigators have charged Houdeshell with murder, endangering children, and tampering with evidence.

Findlay police responded to a report of an unresponsive child at the Breckenridge Road on March 31. Investigators say the back of the child’s skull was broken, and he also had bruising on the brain, a broken leg, and bruising on the face, arms, legs and feet.

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Findlay Man Hits Five Parked Cars While Driving Drunk

01/11/17 – 6:26 P.M.

Police cited a Findlay man for driving under the influence and failure to maintain reasonable control Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports that 34-year-old Stewart Perez was driving north on South Main Street around noon. He went off the right side of the roadway and sideswiped five parked cars.

Hanco ambulance took Perez to Blanchard Valley hospital where he refused treatment. His pick up and at least three of the cars he hit had to be towed.

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Drug Free Workforce Community Initiative Seeks To Help Employers Create New Drug Policies

01/11/17 – 6:18 P.M.

Failed drug tests have seen an increase among the workforce but Ohio is partnering with Working Partners to help. Ohio has joined the Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative. Hancock County ADAMHS’ Director of Wellness and Education Zach Thomas said that the program will help businesses update their drug policies. This could include second chances for those that fail the drug tests.

Zach Thomas

Thomas said their partnership has made progress with help.

Zach Thomas

Some of the stakeholders include the Bureau of Workers Compensation, Jobs and Family services, and Hancock Hires. They will discuss ways to keep the area stable and how to help it progress.

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Ohio’s Lt. Governor Stopped In Findlay And Talked About Obamacare

01/11/17 – 4:59 P.M.

Lt Governor Mary Taylor came to Findlay to discuss the repeal of Obamacare. She said that it isn’t working and that the one size fits all model hasn’t helped the nation.

Mary Taylor

She added that Ohio used to have 60 companies selling health insurance before Obamacare’s implementation. Options in Ohio’s health insurance market have dropped afterward.

Mary Taylor

Taylor said that Ohio is already prepared for a repeal even if there isn’t a replacement in place.

Mary Taylor

Taylor added that the state still has the laws statutes in place to regulate health insurance.

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New Hancock County Commissioner TIm Bechtol Shares His Goals For The County

01/11/17 – 12:14 P.M.

Tim Bechtol started as a Hancock County Commissioner a short time ago and is learning the ropes. He said he felt that running for the open position was a chance to help the community.

Tim Bechtol

Bechtol said that he looks forward to using his construction experience to work on some projects

Tim Bechtol

Bechtol said that he hopes to upgrade Dorney Plaza with a porous surface to help with the drainage project.

Flood mitigation was another topic of discussion. He said that he believes an agreement can be reached on flood mitigation but it will take efforts from others as well.

Tim Bechtol

Bechtol said that some areas of the county are too high for flooding to be an issue.

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Allen County Sheriff Resigning At The End Of January

1/11/17 – 9:23 A.M.

Allen County’s sheriff is stepping down. The Lima News reports Sam Crish has submitted his resignation. A statement from Crish says his final day on the job will be January 31.

The FBI raided the embattled sheriff’s office in September. According to the newspaper, the FBI has an ongoing investigation against the Crish. So far they haven’t charged him with any crimes.

In October Crish said he was in treatment for a gambling addiction.

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Kenton Man Reportedly Commits Suicide While In Jail

1/11/17 – 9:15 A.M.

A Kenton man reportedly took his own life while in jail this week. WKTN Radio reports guards at the Multi-County Jail in Marion found 35-year-old Shaun Farley hanging by a bed sheet in his cell Monday morning. Farley had been in the jail since late December. He was set for release in April.

The case remains under investigation.


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Two Arrested In Connection To Carey Business Break-In

1/11/17 – 9:03 A.M.

The Carey Police Department says two Hancock County men are in jail in connection to a burglary at Saum’s Carry-Out. A post on the department’s Facebook page says officers arrested 24-year-old Johnny Ray Smith and 25-year-old Seth Wilcox. They face charges of breaking and entering as well as safecracking.

The post says the search of a home in Alvada turned up, “substantial evidence and linked the suspects to multiple break-ins throughout several jurisdictions.” Officers also found suspected heroin, marijuana and other drug-abuse evidence.

Police say tips from the public led to the arrests. Investigators in Carey are also looking into a similar incident at Sandy Bob’s Patio Bar and Grill. The Tiffin Police Department says Smith and Wilcox may have broken into the Viaduct Bar Monday morning.

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