Review Category : Local News

Arbitrator’s Reinstation Ruling Overturned, Former Sergeant Hill Still Fired

11/18/14     3:05 p.m.

A Cuyahoga County judge has overruled an arbitrator who said former Findlay Police sergeant Dave Hill should be reinstated.

Hill was fired in 2012 after placing a loaded gun in his mouth and insulting a female officer by combining her name with a term for a prostitute. In August of 2013, an arbitrator ruled Hill should be reinstated to his full rank without back pay.

However, Judge Steven Gall ruled last week that Hill should remain fired, saying the arbitrator said the discipline system should be applied but didn’t apply it to the case himself.

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Cold And Wind Make Salt Ineffective Against Ice On Roads

11/18/14 – 10:49 A.M.

An early blast of winter weather has Hancock County plow crews hard at work. You may have noticed they aren’t using salt on the roads today. County Engineer Chris Long says the temperature has a lot to do with that…

Audio: Chris Long

Long says the wind would simply blow the salt off the road right now. With salt prices at a premium, Long says they don’t want to waste any of their ice fighting resources.

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Director Named For Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

11/18/19 – 10:39 A.M.

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts officially has a director. Jim Kreutzberg was named to the role today. Kreutzberg has 40 years of experience in the arts and more than 15 years of experience as the executive director of other regional arts centers. Performing Arts chairman Ed Reading said, “His management experience and passion for the arts make him an excellent fit for this role. All of us on the board are looking forward to his leadership in shaping the future of the Marathon Center.” Kreutzberg most recently served as the executive director at Cache Valley Center for the Arts in Logan, Utah.

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Findlay Man Accused Of Murdering Son Wants Body Exhumed

11/18/14 – 10:29 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his young son is asking the body be exhumed for further examination. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn explains…

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Jerrod Hartman is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning. There’s no word on if the request will be ruled on then. Hartman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the case.

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Wyandot County Man Sentenced For Causing Fatal Crash

11/18/14 – 7:33 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was sentenced this month for causing a fatal accident last summer. 30-year-old Wade Gottfried of Nevada was given a 90-day jail sentence, with 80 days suspended. The June 25 crash killed Stephanie Cowgill.

Cowgill was getting items out of the trunk of her car near the U.S. 23/State Route 199 entrance ramp when Gottfried struck her.

Gottfried also had his driver’s license suspended for a year.

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Fostoria Man Sentenced For Raping Child

11/18/14 – 7:21 A.M.

A Fostoria man was sentenced Monday for raping a child. 24-year-old Eric Welly was given a 25-years to life prison term by Judge Michael Kelbley. Welly withdrew his not guilty plea after a psychological evaluation found him competent to stand trial. The victim in the case was a 4-year-old boy.

A report from the Fostoria Police Department says Welly admitted the rape during a police investigation on July 11.

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Winter Weather Causing Areas To Avoid On Roadways This Morning

11/18/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Hancock and Seneca Counties are under Level 1 Road Alerts, meaning roads are icy and snow covered. You’re urged to drive with extreme caution.

There are a couple of trouble spots on area roads you’ll want to avoid. Hancock County Road 236 near State Route 613 is impassable due to blowing snow and ice on the road. County crews are working to clear the roadway.

Also this morning the Railroad Crossing on County Road 99 by Ball Metal on Findlay’s northside is malfunctioning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says CSX has been notified, but it’s a good idea to stay away for now as there is no word on when the gates will be fixed.


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UF Campus Security To Transition Into Police Force

11/18/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The University of Findlay campus security office may become its own police force in 2016. The Courier reports approval to make the transition was given by the university’s board of trustees late last month. A campus police department would be allowed to make arrests, as well as determine if issues should be handled with criminal charges or university discipline. Campus security officers are also not armed like a police officer.

It will take at least a year-and-a-half to make the change. In the meantime, a steering committee will help develop policy for the new department, and officers will have to be hired. Around 20 people would work for the campus police office.

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Trial Date Moved For Alleged Fostoria Gunman

11/18/14 – 5:24 A.M.

The trial of an accused murderer in Fostoria won’t take place until next year. The Review-Times reports a jury trial for 18-year-old Garrett Brown was set to begin Monday, but was pushed back since a new lawyer recently took over his case. The trial will now start on February 10.

Brown is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio during a May 21 robbery on East Culbertson Street. Two other teenagers have pleaded guilty in the case and will be sentenced after Brown’s trial.

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Body Of Putnam County Man Found At Crash Site

11/18/14 – 5:04 A.M.

A Putnam County man was found dead at the scene of a crash south of Ottoville Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the body of 79-year-old Victor Fischbach was found in a minivan around 3 p.m. The minivan was in a ditch on Road 23-Q, north of Road T.

The patrol reports the nature and severity of the crash don’t seem consistent with a crash related death. An autopsy will be performed to determine what killed Fishbach. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor. Fischbach was not wearing a seatbelt.

The incident remains under investigation.

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