Review Category : Local News

State Spraying For Gypsy Moths In Our Area

6/27/14 – 7:07 A.M.

If you see low flying airplanes over wooded areas over the next few days, don’t worry – they’re supposed to be there. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is spraying for gypsy moths in Hancock, Wyandot, Allen, and Hardin Counties. The spray helps disrupt the mating pattern of the moth.

To spray, planes fly about 100 to 200 feet above treetops. The chemical used confuses male gypsy moths as they search for a mate. The chemical is not harmful to people, pet, or plants.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species.

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Bloomdale Man Accsued Of Sex Crimes

6/27/14 – 6:54 A.M.

A Bloomdale man was arrested this week, accused of committing sex crimes. The Seneca County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Shawn Carnicom on two counts of gross sexual imposition in April.

Prosecutors say Carnicom had sexual contact with a victim by “purposely compelling the victim to submit by force or threat of force” last June. He’s also accused of having sexual contact with a minor under 13-years-old on the same day.

Carnicom faces more than six years in prison if convicted.

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Father Of Boy Found Wandering In Fostoria Arrested

6/27/14 – 6:45 A.M.

Fostoria Police dealt with some tense moments Thursday, after finding a 4-year-old boy wondering in the street. The incident led to the arrest of the boy’s father. 34-year-old Joseph Stahl had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support. He was taken into custody when he went to the police department to pick up his son.

As for the boy, he wandered away from his house while his babysitter was in the bathroom. Children’s Services was notified of the incident and approved a family friend to take temporary custody of the child.

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Findlay School Will See Some Exterior Improvements

6/27/14 – 5:32 A.M.

Donations from several businesses are helping give Northview Primary school in Findlay a facelift. The Courier reports the school won a $2,000 grant from Home Depot to improve the entrance and upgrade landscaping. Principal Eric Payne says other businesses stepped up with donations too, totaling more than $7,000.

Workers will replace dead or dying plants with new ones. They’ll also paint parts of the outside of the building and replace a missing basketball hoop.

More than 50 teachers and other volunteers will help get the work done today.

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Putnam County Man Doesn’t Challenge Evidence In Sex Crime Case

6/27/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Putnam County man accused of committing multiple sex crimes withdrew a challenge Thursday. 53-year-old Gary Badertscher appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court yesterday for a hearing to suppress evidence. Instead he and his attorney decided against going forward with that plan.

Badertscher faces more than 60 charges in the case. Prosecutors say he coerced teenage girls to take part in obscene material. In one case Badertscher is accused of enticing one girl to involuntary take part.

A jury trial is scheduled for July 14.

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Semi Runs Off I-75, Injures Findlay Woman In Her Yard

6/27/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A Findlay woman was badly injured last night when a semi veered off I-75 and into her yard on Crosshill Drive. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 8:45 p.m.

61-year-old Nikki Puchta was seriously injured by flying debris caused by the crash. Investigators say 66-year-old Phillip Ewing was driving north when he went off the east side of the road and hit a fence, utility pole, and a garage on Puchta’s property. Puchta was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with life threatening injuries, and then transferred to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The semi lost around 50 gallons of diesel fuel in the crash. The Hancock County EMA was called to make sure the site was cleaned properly.

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Two Suspects In Fostoria Murder Make Court Appearances

6/27/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Two suspects in a Fostoria murder pleaded not guilty yesterday. The Courier reports 18-year-old Garrett Brown of Findlay and 19-year-old Tyson Ogg are accused of taking part in a robbery that led to the death of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio on May 21. Brown is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and aggravated robbery. Ogg is accused of being complicit in the crimes.

Bond was continued for both teens at $1.5 million. A third suspect, 19-year-old Dallas Salaz, has not been arraigned yet.

Brown was 17 at the time of the shooting. He turned 18 last week and was transferred to the Seneca County Jail from the juvenile lockup.

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Bigelow Ave. and North Main St. Intersection to be Closed Tomorrow

6/26/14    4:47 p.m.

Construction crews will be closing a busy North Main Street intersection Friday morning weather permitting.

From 7 a.m. to noon Friday, the intersection at North Main St. and Bigelow Avenue will be closed for resurfacing, as well as the sections of Bigelow Ave. leading toward the intersection in both directions.

Main Street will remain open as crews pave, but Bigelow will not be accessible from Main.

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Findlay Man Injured In Single-vehicle Rollover Accident

6/26/14     4:37 p.m.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an injury accident Thursday morning just before 7 a.m.

49-year-old Ty Rau of Findlay was driving a 1997 Chevrolet SUV east-bound on Township Road 89 just west of County Road 140 in Liberty Township. Rau lost control of the vehicle and it traveled off the left side of the road, struck a tree and rolled before striking another tree and coming to rest.

Rau was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by mechanical means, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Rau was not wearing his seat belt and was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco EMS to be treated for his injuries. His vehicles sustained heavy damaged and was towed by Dick’s Towing.

Also assisting at the scene was Liberty Township Fire Department.

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America in Bloom Judging University of Findlay Campus and More

Despite a fertilizer mishap that killed the majority of its grass a few months ago, the University of Findlay is being judged on the state of its grounds today and tomorrow.

UF is part of the America in Bloom organization, which encourages beautification programs on university campuses and communities across the country. Each is judged based on floral displays; landscape displays such as shrubs and turf; tree coverage and quality; environmental efforts; preservation of history; and overall impression.

Barb Lockard, strategic communication coordinator for UF, said the judging goes deeper than just looking at how attractive the campus is.

Audio: Barb Lockard

Judges Katy Moss Warner, former director of horticulture at Walt Disney World, and Barbara Vincentsen, architect and interior designer, will be spending today and tomorrow touring the university’s grounds for judging. The results will be in in September.

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