Review Category : Local News

Arlington Man’s Murder Trial Pushed Back To January

10/28/16 – 5:08 A.M.

The trial of an Arlington man accused of killing his former fiance’s 2-year-old son won’t happen until next year. The Courier reports 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell’s trial is now set for January 30. Earlier this month, Aaron Ried of the public defender’s office filed a motion to withdraw as Houdeshell’s lawyer. Court records show Houdeshell is now represented by attorney Adam Nemann of Columbus.

Prosecutor’s charged Houdeshell with murder, endangering children, and tampering with evidence on April 15. Investigators say he beat 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell to death in an apartment on Breckenridge Road on March 31. The boy suffered a broken skull, bruising on the brain, a broken leg, and bruising on the face, arms, legs and feet.

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Campaign Reports Show Gazarek Raising More Funds, Spending More Than Bateson

10/28/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Campaign spending reports show Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek has raised and spent more money than his opponent. The Courier reports Mark Gazarek’s campaign brought in nearly $11,000 in contributions during the last reporting period. He spent around $7,300 on the campaign.

The challenger in the race is independent candidate William Bateson. His campaign raised around $6,600 and spent roughly $4,300 during the same time.

You can see a list of each candidate’s donors in today’s Courier.

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University Of Findlay To Host Two Fundraising Events For Mercy Children’s Hospital

10/27/16 – 5:15 P.M.The University of Findlay will hold two fundraising events to raise money for Mercy Children’s Hospital. The first event is a 5K run this Friday at 5:30 p.m. The second event is a dance in the Koehler Center from noon to 10 p.m. on November 12th. Both events are open to the public.

The University of Findlay will hold two fundraising events to raise money for Mercy Children’s Hospital. The first event is a 5K run this Friday at 5:30 p.m. The second event is a dance in the Koehler Center from noon to 10 p.m. on November 12th. Both events are open to the public.

The Trick-or-Trot 5K will start in Parking Lot number 1 at Old Main on Frazer Street. The cost to take part is $25 for non-UF students over 17-year-old, $10 for ages 6-16, and free for those under the age of 5. It only costs $15 for UF students, faculty, and staff. You’re encouraged to wear a costume.

The OilerTHON will feature 10 hours of dancing, face painting, prizes and food to name a few attractions. Donations will be accepted at the door on the day of the event.

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Hancock County Commissioners Receive Update On Tree Clearing Project

10/27/16 – 3:35 P.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners received an update on their latest river cleaning project. Hancock County Drainage Coordinator Gary Tuttle said that it was a team effort with other counties.

Team Effort


Tuttle said that over 10,000 ash trees were removed.

Trees Removed

H&H Land Clearing was hired to do the job. Tuttle said he is more than happy with the work they provided. In total, the project cost $923,000.

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Fire Prevention Bureau Says To Operate Heaters Safely As The Cold Weather Settles In

10/27/16 – 3:13 P.m.

It’s starting to get cold out and that means that heaters might start getting turned on. Kevin Shinise from the Fire Prevention Bureau said it’s a good idea to check your heater before turning it on.

Heater Safety

He added that external or plug-in heaters should have their own space.

Safe Space

He also advocated checking the batteries of fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Shinise said that every now and then the fire department is called to stop a fire caused by a heater.

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Riegle Reflects On Times As Hancock County Commissioner

10/27/16 – 11:13 A.M.

Today is Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle’s last day in office. He’s leaving the post to take an appointment as Hancock County Prosecutor. During his last meeting, Riegle said working with several elected officials over the last 10 years is what he’ll remember most…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle said things like the 2007 flood and the economic recession made the job difficult at times, but for the most part he found the job enjoyable.

Riegle had some advice for whoever the GOP appoints to take his seat as a Commissioner…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the person appointed to the open seat should be prepared to work hard and crunch a lot of numbers.

The Hancock County Republican Party will appointment a replacement for Riegle. They’re expected to do that by the end of November.

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North Baltimore School District Begins Search For New Treasurer

10/27/16 – 8:33 A.M.

The North Baltimore School District needs a new treasurer. The Courier reports the district plans to start a search for the position next week. The current treasurer is Eve Baldwin. She announced earlier this year she would retire at the end of December. Baldwin has served in the role for 26 years.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney says the goal is to have a replacement in line by December.

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One Injured In Home Explosion South Of Fostoria

10/27/16 – 7:24 A.M.

A home explosion south of Fostoria injured a Seneca County woman Wednesday night. The Review-Times reports the blast happened on State Route 587 near the U.S. 224 intersection around 8:30 p.m. Neighbors told the newspaper they heard a “loud boom” just before the fire broke out.

The woman suffered minor injuries. She was not publicly identified. A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher told the newspaper a furnace may have caused the explosion. The State Fire Marshal’s Office will help investigate the incident.

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Ada Man Killed In ATV Crash

10/27/16 – 6:50 A.M.

An ATV crash took the life of an Ada man earlier this week. WKTN radio reports 43-year-old Jeremy Imes died in a crash in a wooded area near Ada Monday. A release from the sheriff’s office says Imes was riding an ATV on a trail in the 4500 block of State Route 701 when he hit a downed tree. The collision caused the ATV to roll on top of him.

The sheriff’s office says alcohol could be a factor in the crash. They continue to investigate the incident.


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