Review Category : Local News

Human Trafficking Enforcement Operation Leads To The Arrests Of Four People

10/21/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Four people were arrested on human trafficking charges in Wood County last week. The Review-Times reports that Dale Frankart was arrested and charged with solicitation. The arrests came after a human trafficking enforcement operation. The Wood County Sheriff’s office and Perrysburg Township Police Department conducted the operation. Also arrested was 18-year-old Shelby Renley, 44-year-old Erica Siller, and 37-year-old Nickolette Fanara.

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Candidate Profile: Robert Sprague

Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot looks at the 83rd House District race today. On the topic of opiate abuse in the state, incumbent Robert Sprague says he’s supported measures to reduce opiate addiction…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he has also supported efforts to limit doctor shopping among other initiatives.

When it comes to education, Sprague says high standards are good, but they need to stop changing so much…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says as far as educational funding goes, the state has worked to make sure rural districts get their share of funding as well.

On the topic of overseeing medical marijuana, Sprague says doctors should only prescribe it in certain situations…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague does not believe a chronic pain diagnosis should get a prescription for medical marijuana.

Next week we’ll focus on the Putnam County Sheriff’s race.

Full Interview:

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Bellefontaine Woman Accused Of Suffocating Her Three Children

10/21/16 – 5:18 A.M.

A Bellefontaine woman is accused of suffocating her three young sons over a 13 month period. In a recorded police interview she said that she smothered her young children with a blanket so she wouldn’t see them suffering. The Lima News Reports that Brittany Pilkington said she was worried that her sons would grow up to be abusive towards women. A Logan County judge is reviewing Pilkington’s statements. Defense attorney Marc Triplett said police were aware of her lack of mental acuity and that she didn’t understand when she waived her Miranda Rights. This could exclude her confession in the potential death penalty case.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old knowingly agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer and was given her rights twice.

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Three New Members Added To University Of Findlay Board Of Trustees

10/21/16 – 5:08 A.M.

Three new members have been appointed to three-year terms on the University of Findlay board of trustees. The courier reports that Duane Jebbet, Billy Watterson, and J. Lance Finley are each replacing a board member. Jebbett is replacing Robert Ruse and Watterson is replacing Dennis Bishop. Finley is replacing the late Congressman Mike Oxley.  The University said, “The three bring a wealth of business, philanthropic and religious experience to the 31-member board.” The addition of these men brings four new members to the board this year. Newcomer Brant Rhoad was announced earlier this month.

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One Person Was Shot At A Cooper Tire Plant In Mississippi

10/21/16 – 4:57 A.M.

A man has been charged with shooting a co-worker at the Cooper Tire and Rubber Plant in Tupelo, Mississippi. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that 27-year-old Tyson O’Neal is charged with aggravated assault. The victim is reported in stable condition. Stewart shot the man during an on-going dispute. The Findlay-based Cooper Tire said that Stewart and the victim work for another firm working on a contract t the plant. You can read more on the Courier.

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Police Warn Of Donation Scam In The Area

10/21/16 – 4:48 A.M.

The Findlay Police want to warn you about a scam in the area focused on donations. According to a post on the department’s facebook page, dispatch has received calls from residents about the scam. Callers report that the suspects are calling on behalf of Chief Horne and the Findlay Police Department. They say that they are seeking donations to buy safety equipment.

Police say this is a scam and that they are not seeking donations at the moment. If you receive this call they recommend that you hang up immediately. The call is originating from an Ashland number linked to high levels of Spam activity.

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Findlay Roads Will See Delays Today

10/21/16 – 4:39 A.M.

If the weather permits you could see some road delays in Findlay today. The City Engineering Department says that Technology Drive from County Road 99 to Byrnwyck Drive will be closed. Crews are installing new utilities crossing the road. Center Street from Carnahan to McManness Avenues will have reduced lanes. Crews are working to repair gas line trenches. You’re asked to avoid these areas if possible.

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53rd Small Business Awards Honored 18 Local Businesses And People

10/20/16 – 2:51 P.M.

The 53rd Annual Small Business Awards were held Thursday afternoon and 17 awards were handed out. One of the winners was the Bourbon Affair, who took home the Emerging Business of the Year Award. Dave Spridgeon said the business he owns with Ryan Leonard has been really well.

Dave Spridgeon

Small Business of the Year went to Garlock Brothers Construction. President Todd Garlock said this is the second time they’ve won this award.


Here is a full list of awards and winners:

  • Distinguished Leadership Award – Carol Dale-Joseph
  • Community Partner Award – Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation
  • S.T.A.R. Awards – Hearthside Foods and Pilgrim Family Restaurant
  • Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Hospitality Award – Hancock Historical Museum
  • ATHENA Award – Jennifer Traxler
  • Emerging Business of the Year – The Bourbon Affair
  • Small Business Manufacturing Excellence of the Year – Valfim
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year – Lisa Allen of the Baker’s Cafe
  • Downtown Champion of the Year – Coffee Amici
  • Nonprofit Leader of the Year – Brett Finlay of Findlay YMCA
  • Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year – Re/Max Realty
  • Agriculture Enterprise of the Year – D+H Meats
  • Diversity Small Business of the Year – Z-Pulse
  • Professional of the Year – Elizabeth Wilkins of 50 North
  • Family-Owned Small Business of the Year – Gibson Concrete Construction
  • Small Business Person of the Year – Michael Gardner (posthumously) of the Gathering, Gathering Wine, and the Anvil
  • Small Business of the Year – Garlock Brothers Construction
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Kenton Burglary Results In One Injured Man

10/20/16 – 7:31 A.M.

Suspects injured a Kenton man during an aggravated burglary incident Tuesday night. WKTN Radio reports that officers from the Kenton Police Department were dispatched to a Columbus street home. A 28-year-old man suffered apparent broken bones. A 22-year-old woman was unharmed in the burglary.

A 41-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman from McGuffey are suspects. A 24-year-old Kenton man is also listed as a suspect. So far no charges have been made.

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Putnam County Judge Running For State Seat

10/20/16 – 7:00 A.M.

A Putnam County judge is making a run for a seat on Ohio’s Third District Court of Appeals despite losing a loved one. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger filed his intent to run for the office earlier this year. Shortly after, his wife was diagnosed with an untreatable cancer and passed away on March 14. After lengthy discussions with family and friends, he decided to leave his name on the ballot.

Basinger has over 40 years in his career in the law. He has served as the common pleas judge since 1988 after he served as the Putnam County prosecutor.

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