Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Man Accused Of Raping 4-Year-Old

5/18/17 – 5:37 A.M.

A Hancock County man is facing a rape charge. The Courier reports the grand jury indicted 36-year-old Jonathan Lamb on one count of rape this week. The charge stems from an alleged February incident in Bluffton. The charge also carries a specification because the alleged victim is 4-years-old.

County Prosecutor Phil Riegle says the specification could mean a life sentence for Lamb if a jury convicts him.

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Ultralight Crash Injures Findlay Man

5/18/17 – 5:28 A.M.

An ultralight aircraft crashed east of Findlay Wednesday night, injuring a Findlay man. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened around 8:45 p.m. in a field east of Marion Township Road 242 near Forest Lake Drive.

High winds and the slow speed of the ultralight caused 79-year-old Dale Weaver’s aircraft to stall. Reports from emergency responders at the scene said Weaver was alert and talking following the crash. Hanco Ambulance took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Court Ruling Could Give Fired Findlay Police Officer His Job Back

5/18/17 – 5:19 A.M.

A former Findlay Police Officer fired for violating the department’s sexual harassment policy could potentially get his job back. The Courier reports the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to reinstate an arbitrator’s finding that the police department should have suspended Dave Hill for his actions in 2012. At issue is whether the police department properly followed disciplinary guidelines. The Supreme Court ruling means the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court must take up the matter again.

The court overturned an arbitrator’s ruling that former Police Chief Greg Horne should have suspended Hill instead of firing him. The incident came on the heels of another incident where Hill used a Taser on a fellow officer’s son for a social media video and another where he put a gun in his mouth while referring to another officer’s mental health.

Hill appealed his firing. An arbitrator ruled evidence showed Hill didn’t violate the department’s sexual harassment policy. Findlay appealed the ruling, and the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court vacated the arbitrator’s ruling. A dissenting judge in the case said the arbitrator had full authority to make a ruling, setting the stage for the appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Hydrant Flushing Continues In Findlay

05/17/17 – 6:24 P.M.

Hydrant flushing will continue in Findlay tomorrow (Thursday). The Water Distribution Department reports that they will be flushing hydrants from Bright Road east to County Road 237. The area includes the Blanchard River north to Tiffin Avenue.

You can call the Water Distribution Department at 419-424-7192 if you have any questions.

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Three Arrested In Findlay Drug Bust

05/17/17 – 6:19 P.M.
A Monday evening drug bust in Findlay led to the arrest of three people. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant around 8:30 p.m. at 1211 Summit Street. There they found heroin, crack cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana. drug paraphernalia, and a large sum of cash.
Officers arrested 24-year-olds Dana Ryan II (the second) of Detroit, Michigan and Ashley Beckett of Findlay. They also arrested 18-year-old Cedric Slough. Beckett and Slough were charged with permitting drug abuse. Ryan was charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of heroin, and possession of crack cocaine.
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Findlay High School Students Work To Raise Awareness Of The Opioid Epidemic

05/17/17 – 6:09 P.M.

A group of students from Findlay High School hit the streets downtown to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic. Project leader and high school senior Carter Fox said that he wants people to be aware of how bad the situation is.

Carter Fox

He and a few classmates worked to spread awareness of the epidemic for their AP Government Class. Fox said that they created a helpful pamphlet.

Carter Fox

The students walked around Main Street to hand out the pamphlets and conduct small surveys. Fox said that they are going to turn in their surveys to the ADAMHS Board so they can see how much people know about the epidemic.

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Community Conversations Requested To Help Local Agencies Focus Efforts

05/17/17 – 3:41 P.M.

The United Way of Hancock County and the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation want to hear your concerns. United Way’s Bev Phillips said that they are scheduling Community Conversations.

Bev Phillips

Community Foundation’s Brian Treece said that the conversations won’t be like town halls.

Brian Treece

These small sessions will be held throughout the summer. They will release the results of their discussions in September. Treece said that these sessions will help them decide on what they need to focus on for the coming years.

To schedule a session to voice your concern, you can visit liveunitedhancockcounty.org

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Ohio Jobs And Family Services Seeking More Foster Parents Throughout The State

05/17/17 – 2:53 P.M.

The number of children put in foster care is on the rise in Ohio. Ohio Jobs and Family Services spokesperson Angela Terez said that they are in need of more foster parents.

Angela Terez

She added that the opioid epidemic is playing a role in the increase of children put in foster care

Angela Terez

You can learn about what it takes to be a foster parent and the benefits involved at jfs.ohio.gov.

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County Road Closes For Rail Crossing Repair

5/17/17 – 9:16 A.M.

Railroad crossing repair work is closing a road near Fostoria for the rest of the week. The Hancock County Engineer’s office says CSX crews are closing the crossing on County Road 257 between County Road 226 and Wood County Road 272 through Friday.

You’re advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Seneca County Home Damaged In Tuesday Fire

5/17/17 – 5:31 A.M.

Fire damaged a home near Fostoria Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a blaze at 11426 Township Road 33 just before 2 p.m.

First responders didn’t report any injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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