Review Category : Local News

Woman Accused Of Attacking Putnam County Priest Dumps Attorney

2/2/17 – 5:37 A.M.

The legal proceedings for a Napoleon woman accused of attacking a priest in Putnam County took a turn this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 65-year-old Frances Wilhelm requested a new attorney during a Monday hearing. Wilhelm says her court-appointed attorney hadn’t explained the proceedings against her. Judge Randall Basinger granted the request and said he would appoint a new attorney.

Before Basinger made the ruling, Wilhelm’s current lawyer talked about the case. William Kluge told Basinger that Wilhelm was legally insane when she attacked Father Herman Scherger last September. He added he didn’t believe she was competent to proceed with Monday’s hearing. Kluge said he explained everything about a not guilty by reason of insanity plea and what would happen beyond that.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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MPLX Reports Strong 2016

2/2/17 – 5:22 A.M.

Findlay-based MPLX had a solid 2016. A financial report filed by the Marathon Petroleum subsidiary Wednesday said the company posted a net income of $233 million for the year. That’s a $77 million increase over 2015. MPLX saw a strong finish to the year, posting $133 million in net income in the fourth quarter. That’s compared to $18 million the previous year.

Gary Heminger is the chairman and CEO of MPLX. In a statement he said Marathon is “encouraged by robust portfolio of growth opportunities, which will continue to contribute to long-term value for our investors.”

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UPDATED: Crowded Field Of Candidates Seeking Findlay Council Seats

02/01/17 – 6:11 P.M.
Update – 2/2/17 – 5:07 A.M.

A crowded field of candidates is running for Findlay City Council seats this spring. The February 1 deadline to submit petitions saw five Republicans and four Democrats file to run for council-at-large seats.

Republican incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker, and Jeff Wobser will face challenges from Barrett Brooks Jr. and David Morrow. On the Democratic side; Timothy Davis, Mary Harshfield, Barbara Lockard, and Heidi Mercer are all running. The top three vote-getters in each party move on to the November general election. From there, voters must pick three of the remaining six candidates.

Two people are running for council president. Current 3rd Ward Councilman Ron Monday is running against Thomas Ross for the Republican nomination. Current Council President Jim Slough is running for the 4th Ward seat unopposed. Current 4th Ward Representative Tom Klein decided not to run for reelection.

The only other contested race features Dina Ostrander and Michael Tanner running for the 3rd Ward seat.

The full list of council candidates is on our website.

Council-At-Large

  • Barrett Brooks, Jr. (R)
  • David Morrow (R)
  • Incumbent Grant Russell (R)
  • Incumbent Tom Shindledecker (R)
  • Incumbent Jeff Wobser (R)
  • Timothy Davis (D)
  • Mary Harshfield (D)
  • Barbara Lockard (D)
  • Heidi Mercer (D)

Findlay Council President 

  • Ronald Monday (R)
  • Thomas Ross (R)

Findlay Council First Ward (Uncontested)

  • Holly Frische (R)

Findlay Council Second Ward (Uncontested)

  • Dennis Hellmann (R)

Findlay Council Third Ward

  • Dina Ostrander (R)
  • Michael Tanner (R)

Findlay Council Fourth Ward (Uncontested)

  • James Slough (R)

Findlay Council Fifth Ward (Uncontested)

  • John Harrington (R)

Findlay Council Sixth Ward

  • Jim Niemeyer (R)

Findlay Council Seventh Ward (Uncontested)

  • Timothy Watson (R)

Findlay Municipal Court Judge (Uncontested)

  • Mark Miller (R)

Findlay Treasurer (Uncontested)

  • Susan Jo Hite (R)
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Sheriff’s Office Looking For Suspected Bank Robber

02/01/17 – 6:22 P.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man who robbed a bank last December. A post on the office’s Facebook page says the man robbed the Huntington National Bank in Arlington on Dec. 10. The bank has offered a reward for any information leading to the suspects identification and arrest. We have his picture up on our website. If you have any information you can call the Detective Barry Boutwell at 419-424-7234.

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VIDEO: Unions Protest Marathon Pipeline Project

02/01/17 – 5:17 P.M.

A group of people met outside of Kenton today to protest Marathon’s use of non-union workers to build a pipeline. Laborers’ District Council of Ohio’s Mike Engbert said that people are upset that Marathon did not hire locally.

Mike Engbert

The protest consisted of construction workers with the Laborers’ International Union of North America. LIUNA Business Manager Gary Bretz said that they reached out to to the company.

Gary Bretz

Bretz said that the LIUNA workers had the lowest bid and offered the best work. The group said that the outsourced company undermines 300 local jobs and skilled labor.

Charles Yates from Pipeliners Local 798 said that Marathon could have hired local.

Charles Yates

They say that Marathon has shown great disregard for the workers of Ohio’s local workforce by outsourcing the jobs.

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Marathon Petroleum Reports Lower Earnings In 2016 Despite Strong Finish To The Year

2/1/17 – 7:38 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum earnings were up in the fourth quarter of 2016, but down for the entire year. The company released its full-year results today. In the fourth quarter the company posted $227 million in earnings, up from $187 million during the same time period in 2015. Entire year earnings totaled more than $1.1 billion. That’s down from more than $2.8 billion in 2015.

In a statement, CEO Gary Heminger said, “Our fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results reflect solid operational and financial performance across the business despite a challenging commodity price and margin environment.”

The Speedway retail stores continue to perform well for Marathon. Speedway saw $734 million in income in 2016. That’s a $61 million increase over 2015. Talking about Speedway, Heminger said “Speedway’s performance highlights the strong value our team is creating for investors.”

Income from refining and marketing operations dropped for the full year. The financial report show $1.5 billion in income for 2016. That’s down more than $2.5 billion from 2015. The segment had an uptick in the fourth quarter though. Income from October through the end of the year was $165 million, up $30 million from 2015 numbers.

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Former Allen County Sheriff Aims To Get Job Back

2/1/17 – 6:41 A.M.

A former Allen County Sheriff aims to hold the position again. The Lima News reports Dan Beck is filing to run for the Republican nomination for the job. Beck served as sheriff from 1993 to 2008 when he retired.

Beck says he wants to restore integrity to the office. Sam Crish succeeded Beck as sheriff. He recently stepped down from the position. The FBI raided Crish’s office last September and the case remains open.

Beck tells the newspaper he’s been active in law enforcement since his retirement. He has worked for the Wood and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices since 2008.

MORE: Lima News

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Former Putnam County Substitute Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Battery Charge

2/1/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A former substitute teacher in Putnam County pleaded not guilty to a sexual battery charge last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a judge set bond at $50,000 for Jessica Storer during her arraignment hearing. She also faces six counts of serving alcohol to a minor.

The bond carries several conditions. Storer has to live in St. Marys, can’t have contact with the alleged victim, and can’t have contact with any unrelated minors.

Investigators say Storer had sex with a male student from Pandora-Gilboa High School on November 26. A tip to police led to an investigation in mid-December. Officers took Storer into custody on December 21.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Heldman Honored By Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

2/1/17 – 5:21 A.M.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities have honored Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman. The group gave the sheriff its 2016 CEO’s Award for Distinguished Leadership. Heldman’s work with mental health and addiction services earned him the award.

Cheri Walter is CEO of the organization. She says, “Sheriff Heldman’s support of community mental health and addiction services, his focus on ways to build creative partnerships to address Ohio’s opiate epidemic, and his support of individuals in recovery and their families make him a true leader in this field.”

The association represents Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards.

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Luke Benjamin Named Findlay Police Officer Of The Year

2/1/17 – 5:14 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has named its Officer of the Year for 2016. Luke Benjamin received the honor from the department. Benjamin is an emergency response team member and a field training officer. He is now in his second tour with the special assignment unit.

Benjamin has racked up accommodations since joining the force four years ago. Most recently he received the Lifesaving Award. Last July he performed chest compressions and resuscitated a Findlay man.

Benjamin has also received recognition for exceptional care he provided to a local boy who was injured in a crash and professionalism on a domestic violence call during his career.

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