Review Category : Local News

Missing Hardin County Teenager Found

4/26/16 – 5:23 A.M.

An Ada teen missing since Friday night has been found. According to the Lima News, 14-year-old Elizabeth Saracson was found in an Indianapolis home Monday. She had been staying at her sister’s house in Ada Friday when she disappeared. Authorities believe she left the house voluntarily.

The case remains under investigation.

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Putnam County Home Destroyed By Monday Fire

4/26/16 – 5:13 A.M.

A Putnam County home was destroyed by a fire Monday afternoon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports firefighters from five departments were called to 101 East Main Street in Belmore around 1 p.m. The house was already engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was injured.

Preliminary reports say an uncontrolled trash fire may have started the blaze, but the official report has not been finalized.

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Area Teens Hear From Recovering Heroin Addicts

4/26/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Teenagers all over Hancock County were given warnings about heroin Monday. The Courier reports Team Recovery, a Toledo-organization that educates about the heroin epidemic, spoke at three high schools. Students at Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Cory-Rawson heard from recovering addicts, who talked about how they became addicted. The group will speak at Van Buren and Vanlue today.

While the speakers’ paths toward addiction varied, one message stood out; none of them thought they would become addicted. 29-year-old Matt Bell told students his spiral toward addiction began with his first cigarette. Bell said it wasn’t so much the cigarette that led to getting hooked on heroin, as it was the poor decision-making.

40-year-old Sarah Heslet told the teens she was the head cheerleader when she was in high school. She added that decisions like drinking on a Friday night to fit in led to other drugs which then led to opiates.

Liberty-Benton High School Principal Brenda Frankart tells the Courier the school wanted to do something informational on the subject for the students.

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Demolition Begun On Gibbs Building But Cause Of January Fire Remains Unknown

4/25/2016 – 5:30 pm

Caption: Crews at the scene of the Gibbs Building Fire on North Main Street in Findlay January 22nd.

Demolition has begun on the Gibbs Building on North Main Street but the cause of the January fire that caused the demolition to happen remains unknown. The Courier reports that crews have begun tearing down the building this week and it is unknown how long it will take to tear the building down.

The fire on January 22nd caused the evacuation of the second-floor apartments but no one was injured. Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle said that the overall cause of the blaze remains unknown. He noted that investigators know what room the fire began in, but they don’t know what physically started the fire.

Demolition is being completed by ALL Excavating and Demolition of McComb.

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Former Circle K Manager Pleads No Contest For Theft

4/25/2016 – 5:12 pm

A former Circle K district manager has pled no contest to stealing money from the company over several years. The Courier reports that 52-year-old Donna F Rexroad of Dunkirk plead no contest Monday to charges in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. A jury trial was slated to begin on Monday.

Between January 6th, 2011 and February 2nd, 2015, Rexroad stole around $150,000 from the company. Rexroad was the Circle K District Manager for Hancock and Allen Counties. Sentencing is slated for June 8th and Rexroad was released on her own recognizance bond, previously set.

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Arlington Man Charged With Murder In Death Of Findlay Boy

4/25/2016 – 5:00 pm

An Arlington man has been charged with the murder of a two-year-old Findlay boy. The Courier reports that a Hancock County grand jury has indicted 28-year-old Brent Houdenshell with murder, endangering children and tampering with evidence in the death of two-year-old Breydon Ferrell on March 31st.

That night, Findlay Police were dispatched to the Breckenridge Road Apartment complex for a report of an unresponsive child. It was reported the child had fallen out of his crib. During the investigation, Houdeshell allegedly deleted text messages and call logs to impair its availability as evidence in any investigation. An autopsy by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office found the cause of death was blunt force head trauma.

Houdeshell and Ferrell’s mother, Alisha Young were reportedly in a relationship. Young was not home during the incident. Houdeshell, Ferrell and a three-month-old baby were the only ones home at the time. Houdeshell will be arraigned on Wednesday.

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Over 550 Pounds Of Expired Medications Collected In Findlay This Spring

4/25/2016 – 3:19 pm

Over the past weekend, several sites around Findlay were set up to provide people a place to drop off unused or expired medications to make sure that they were disposed of properly. Over that time, 252 pounds of medication were collected, which is then added to the 73 pounds collected on April 19th by Marathon and the 225 pounds collected in the permanent medication collection boxes.

Students from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy assisted in the collection of the medications throughout the drive. If you missed the collection day, permanent collection boxes are located at the Findlay Municipal Building and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

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Halt Hunger 5K Run/Walk Set For May 14th

4/25/2016 – 2:56 pm

Harvest Time International Ministries Church will be hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 14th at Riverside Park. Funds raised from the 5K will help to support a number of agencies that provide food in Hancock County. Lutheran Social Services, The Salvation Army, City Mission, Christian Clearing House, CHOPIN Hall, the West Ohio Food Bank and the Feed-A- Chile weekend meal program will benefit.

The Halt Hunger Initiative is designed to support local food programs and providers in their efforts to provide health food to individuals and families in need of food assistance. Nearly one in eight individuals in Hancock County is in need of food assistance.

To register, go to Registration the day of the event will begin at 8am with the race slated to begin at 9am. Cost is $25.00 per person and registrations that are received before April 29th will receive a t-shirt.

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Mount Blanchard Cleanup Planned

4/25/16 – 9:01 A.M.

An annual cleanup effort in Mount Blanchard is set for May 7, but organizers are working to line-up volunteers now. Community service projects will take place at Island and Hurricane Parks, the baseball diamonds, and in the downtown area. Most of the projects will include picking up litter, painting, and minor repair work.

Village leaders are hoping community groups will step up once again to help. For more information contact RuthAnn Bushong or Jackie Porcello.

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