Review Category : Local News

Findlay Councilman Reappointed to State Commission

01/30/15     11:18 a.m.

A Findlay man will continue his service on a state board for another two years.

Randy Van Dyne was reappointed by Governor John Kasich to serve on the State Emergency Response Commission. His term began yesterday and will continue to Jan. 13, 2017.

Van Dyne is also the second ward councilman on the Findlay City Council. He is up for re-election this May.

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Traffic Stops Leads to Drug Discovery and an Arrest

01/30/15     10:40 a.m.

A traffic stop on I-75 in Findlay led to the discovery of drugs and the arrest of a Michigan man.

The State Highway Patrol says troopers stopped a rented car from Illinois on southbound I-75 near State Route 12 for speeding and following too closely just before 11 p.m.

43-year-old Brian Bowman of Detroit was the driver. While speaking with troopers, they saw a bag of marijuana fall out of Bowman’s coat pocket. Troopers searched the car and found 200 hydrocodone pills in a briefcase, an estimated value of $4,800.

Bowman was arrested and is being held in the Hancock County jail.

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Two-Car Crash Injures Child In Findlay

1/30/15 – 6:52 A.M.

A child was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened in the 500 block of North Main Street around 5 p.m.

25-year-old Cora Snare of McComb was driving south on Main Street when she tried to left into an alley and was hit by a northbound car driven by 37-year-old Edward Recker of Findlay. The collision injured a passenger in Snare’s car, 10-year-old Cadence Ramey. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Snare was cited for failure to yield.

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Update: Fatal Crash Reported In Seneca County Friday Morning

1/30/15 – 6:44 A.M.
9:11 A.M. – Update

One person was killed in a crash in Seneca County this morning. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the accident was reported on East U.S. 224between County Road 23 and Bloom Township Road 77 around 2:30 a.m.

The State Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Ted Patrick of Willard drifted left-of-center and hit another vehicle. He was partially ejected from his car and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Drug Bust Made During Putnam County Traffic Stop

1/30/15 – 5:43 A.M.

One person was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Putnam County this week. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy pulled someone over for speeding on State Route 115 north of Kalida Tuesday. The driver did not have a valid license.

The sheriff’s office reports over the course of the investigation cocaine and money were found. The driver of the car, who has not been named publicly, could face charges of possession of cocaine, no operators license, and speeding.

The case remains under investigation.

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Former Putnam County Fair Board President Honored

1/30/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The former president of the Puntam County Fair Board was recently honored by the state. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Don Verhoff was given a Director’s Award of Excellence and Innovation during the Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention.

Verhoff served on the fair board for 16 years. He served as the president for eight years. Verhoff tells the newspaper, “It’s always been a team approach to doing things at the fair.”

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Home Damaged By Thursday Fire

1/31/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a Thursday night fire. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 233 Elm Street around 8 p.m. last night. A neighbor told first responders she heard the house’s windows explode. No one was home at the time of the blaze.

The Hancock County Chapter of the Red Cross is assisting the family. No other details were available.

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Findlay Arson Suspect Enters Insanity Plea

1/30/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of burning down a local business made a court appearance Thursday. The Courier reports 20-year-old Bryant Smith pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He’s facing three separate arson charges for an August 25 fire that destroyed Sink’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse. The flames from the fire damaged the siding on three nearby homes.

A mental evaluation has been requested for Smith.

Smith is also facing grand theft and tampering with evidence charges. He’s accused of stealing an 9mm handgun and tampering with its ability to be used as evidence.

MORE: The Courier

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Fire Reported In Mount Cory

1/30/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Several fire departments were called to a house fire in Mount Cory early this morning. The blaze was reported around 2:45 a.m. at 206 North Main Street. Everyone was able to get out of the house. No other details were available.

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