Review Category : Local News

Rape Victims Often Find Themselves The Target Of Cyber Bullies

11/25/16 – 12:45 A.M.

For victims of rape, the crime often doesn’t end even after the jury reaches a verdict in the case. Ashley Ritz is the Executive Director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. She says a disturbing trend sees rape victims become online targets for cyber-bullying…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ritz says rape is already one of the most under-reported crimes. She adds the cyber-bullying of rape victims is one reason for that.

The comments directed at rape victims often focus on their physical appearance. “You couldn’t keep your fat legs shut” and “she’s not pretty enough to be raped” are just a couple of comments victims find themselves subjected to. Ritz says comments like that are unfortunate and often stem from a misunderstanding of rape…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ritz says she suggests victims shut down their social media for a while, especially after the verdict…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

Ritz also says victims should let law enforcement know if they receive threats online.

Ritz has a direct message for people who would harass rape victims online…

Audio: Ashley Ritz

There is help for rape victims in these situations. Ritz encourages people to call Open Arms at (419)422-4766.

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Habitat For Humanity Makes Plans For Next Home In Putnam County

11/28/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity is moving forward with their tenth home. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the agency signed an agreement earlier this month to build a new home in Ottawa. Becky Gable-Giblin and her daughter Mariah are partnering with the agency for the house.

The agency built a home in Leipsic earlier this year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Meeting To Nominate New Hancock County Commissioner Set For Tonight

11/28/16 – 5:13 A.M.

We should know who will fill an empty Hancock County Commissioner’s seat by the end of the day. The Hancock County Republican Central Committee is holding a meeting tonight to interview the candidates. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Findlay City Council chambers. The seat opened when former Commissioner Phil Riegle accepted an appointment to be the county prosecutor.

Since Riegle is a Republican, the GOP gets to pick the replacement for his term. Local GOP chair Jim Baker tells the Courier he hasn’t told committee members who the candidates are. He added, “we’re trying to be fair with the candidates and the committee.”

Each candidate has three minutes to make a presentation to the committee. They’ll answer questions from committee members after that. The candidate with the majority of the votes from the committee wins the nomination.

MORE: The Courier

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Break-In At Habitat For Humanity ReStore Under Investigation

11/28/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Findlay Police are looking for two men who broke into the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Sunday evening. Lt. Robert Ring says an employee called officers to the store at 2040 Tiffin Avenue just after 7 p.m. The employee was checking on the business and found the men had broken into the store. There was a scuffle between the suspects and the employee, who suffered minor injuries but refused treatment. The men ran away without taking anything from the store.

The suspects were both white men in dark clothing. They were wearing blue jeans, and one of the men was wearing a blue sweatshirt. Officers checked the area but could not find anyone matching that description.

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Fatal Shooting Of Wood County Deputy Ruled Accidental

11/28/16 – 4:17 A.M.

Funeral arrangements are pending for the Wood County sheriff’s deputy who died in an accidental shooting. The sheriff’s office says an investigation is underway into Al Adams’ death this past weekend, but all signs indicate no foul play. Adams was off duty when he shot himself at his home on State Route 65 in Grand Rapids.

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UPDATE: I-75 Clearing Following Crash In Northbound Lanes

Things are getting back to normal following a crash on I-75 northbound that backed up traffic in Findlay following a crash near the U.S 68 split. Local Waze users said the backup started just south of the State Route 12 interchange and stretched past the Lima Avenue overpass. U.S. 68 was also backed up as a result of the crash.  It appears traffic is thinning out now.

We’ll have more details on the crash as they become available.

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Red Cross Offering Gift Wrapping Services At Findlay Village Mall

11/25/16 – 3:23 P.M.

You can spare yourself from wrapping presents this year thanks to the Red Cross. According to a release, the Red Cross will set be wrapping presents for people in the Findlay Village Mall. The Red Cross Holiday Gift Wrapping Booth will be open on weekends beginning Friday, December 2. They will also be open every day in the week leading up to December 25. They will have a selection of wrapping papers and coordinating bows to pick from. The service is offered for a donation to benefit America Red Cross Services.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer visit or call 419-422-9322.

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Crime Victim Services Is Offering Free Credit Checks In Lima And Ottawa

11/25/16 – 3:08 P.M.

Crime Victim Services is offering free credit checks at their offices in Lima and Ottawa next Wednesday. In a release, CVS said that following black Friday and Cyber Monday there is potential to spot identity theft. The free credit checks are available to people that stop by their offices between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday. You must be able to provide a photo ID and answer personally identifying information for the system to work.

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Michigan Man Injured In Wyandot County Accident

11/25/16 – 2:56 P.M.

A Michigan truck driver was injured Thursday according to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office. 46-year-old Demetrius Brown was driving a tractor-trailer northbound on U.S. 23 onto the off-ramp near Ohio 103 around 6 a.m. Brown failed to stop at 103 and his vehicle jackknifed in the intersection. Carey Ambulance took Brown to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Officers cited Brown for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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Nursing Students Holding 12th Annual Toy Drive For Hospitalized Children

11/23/16 – 4:21 P.M.

The Owens Community College Student Nursing Association is holding its 12th Annual Toy Drive. They are accepting toys through December 9 at their nursing lab on Bright Road. Nursing students will wrap the toys and send them for distribution on December 12. All of the toys will go to benefit children staying in area hospitals.

In the past 11 years, people have donated over 1000 toys to children in the hospitals.

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