Review Category : Local News

Teen Pleads Guilty To Impersonating State Senator

3/28/2016 – 11:06 am

A teenager from Marion has pled guilty to impersonating a peace officer. The Courier reports that 18-year-old Izaha Akins pled guilty this morning in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court. Akins impersonated Senator David Burke (R-Marysville) during a visit to Mohawk High School back in December. Akins admitted to the felony charge, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail and a fine of $10,000.

Judge Kathleen Aubry sentenced Akins to three years community control and a restitution fee of $138.35 to a car dealership Akins fooled to provide him with a car and driver. He is also to have no contact with Mohawk schools or Burke. Akins has been in jail for violating his bond to take a trip to Washington DC that was not court-approved. His lawyer said that Akins will remain in Crawford County Jail until his sentencing hearing which hasn’t been set yet.

Another charge of telecommunications fraud was dismissed during the hearing.

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UPDATE: 2015 Kenton Apartment Fire Ruled Arson. Reward Offered

3/28/2016 – 10:44 am

UPDATE: 3:02pm

A deadly fire at the Scioto Village Apartment complex in Kenton late last fall has been determined to be caused by arson. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement this morning seeking any information regarding the cause of the fire that broke out in November 2015.

The Kenton Fire Department, in conjunction with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Hardin County Prosecutors Office, issued a reward for $5000.00 for information about the fire.

“We’re following up on our own leads and the investigation thus far has led us to conclude that the fire was started deliberately.” said Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey.

The State Fire Marshal’s stated that their investigation into the cause of the fire has not been as conclusive and it is still ongoing. Local authorities are working in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal, but Baily noted that the local investigation had more local resources and a larger scope than the fire marshal.

“We have more manpower and resources on this case than they do, but we are working with them. We are looking at all aspects of this case and not just the fire itself…we are comfortable with calling it an arson fire and we issued the reward to see if any witnesses would come forward with more information” said Bailey.

Anyone with any information about the fire can contact the Kenton Fire Department at 419-673-1235 or the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 419-673-1268 ext: 2106

 

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Local Gas Prices Slightly Below State Average

3/28/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down a little from last week. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying around $1.89 a gallon today. That’s down seven cents from last Monday and 10 cents from last week’s high of a $1.99 a gallon.

Prices are also a $1.89 a gallon in Ottawa today. That’s down five cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is $1.92 a gallon, which is actually up a penny from a week ago.

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Tiffin Business Can Possibly Get Free Rent For A Year

3/28/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Aspiring business owners can get some help launching their idea in Tiffin. The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group is going to give one business free rent for a year, along with some other services. The office space will be in the Laird Arcade at the corner of East Market and South Washington streets.

Besides the free rent, the winner will get two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes; six sessions from KKR Consult; and help with getting an intern.

Anyone interested in applying should call (419)618-9515. Applications are due by June 1.

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Sunday Storms Knock Out Power In Wyandot County

3/28/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Sunday night’s storms brought high winds and some lightning to the area, but didn’t do too much damage outside of some downed tree limbs and upended lawn furniture. However the storm did knock out power to a few hundred in Wyandot County. AEP reports nearly 400 customers are still without power this morning.

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Mount Blanchard Woman Accused Of Selling Drugs Near School

3/28/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A Mount Blanchard woman has been charged with selling drugs near a school. A recently unsealed secret indictment shows that 34-year-old Shannon Long faces three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Long is accused of selling less than the bulk amount of morphine within 1,000 feet of Glenwood Middle School on March 11 of last year. She’s also accused of selling less than the bulk amounts of amphetamine and hydrocodone near the same school on April 6 of 2015.

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Volunteers Help With Sycamore Springs Cleanup

3/28/16 – 4:53 A.M.

Several volunteers helped get the Sycamore Springs Golf Course back in working order after a localized storm knocked down roughly 40 trees last week. The Courier reports around 20 people spent their Saturday helping remove the debris from the course at 11492 Township Road 25 near Arlington. The course was able to reopen Sunday.

We saw plenty of rain last Thursday, but a small cell damaged Sycamore Springs and a neighboring property.

Industrial cranes had to be brought in to remove the downed trees. General manager Joe Mayberry told the newspaper some of the trees that were lost were more than 100 feet tall.

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Four Wood County Fires Under Investigation

3/28/16 – 4:23 A.M.

Investigations will begin today into suspicious fires in Wood County. Risingsun firefighters say four fires have destroyed barns and houses in the village over the past week, including two within an hour yesterday morning. No injuries were reported in any of the fires, but the structures were destroyed. The state fire marshal’s office will arrive on the scene of the fires today to help search for the cause

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Monday Interview – Wind Energy Development In Northwest Ohio

3/28/2016 – 4:00 am

Several years ago, it seemed as though there were hundreds of wind energy companies looking to set up operations in Northwest Ohio. Today most of these companies have moved on. What happened? Rebekah Hedahl from One Energy, a wind developer in Findlay says that provisions in Ohio laws, specifically House Bill 483, passed in 2014 which changed setback requirements for wind turbines made it impossible for companies to look at Ohio as a viable market for wind energy.

Audio: Rebekah Hedahl

House Bill 483 was a budget bill that contained provisions for tax cuts and social program spending. However, Cincinnati Republican State Senator Bill Seitz supported the setback amendments attached to the bill citing turbine noise, light flicker and snow and ice being thrown from the blades. Seitz claimed that the bill would still be friendly to future development of wind farms in Ohio. Two years later, Hedahl says the result speaks for itself.

Audio: Rebekah Hedahl

The setback provisions called for a turbine to be placed on property at 1125 feet from the tip of a turbine’s blades to the nearest property line. In practice, that would place setbacks at 1300 from each turbine’s base. Hedahl said that would make building projects, like the 152 wind turbine farm near Van Wert impossible today.

Audio: Rebekah Hedahl

One Energy in Findlay has placed wind turbines north of Findlay to provide power to both Whirpool and Ball Corp at a fixed rate. Hedahl said this could be done because their project was under five megawatts.

Audio: Rebekah Hedahl

Hedahl says that One Energy plans to make a go in Findlay, by developing a campus to further study wind energy and fund research and development projects associated with wind generating power systems. To hear the complete interview with Hedahl, visit our Soundcloud page below.

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Vehicle Strikes Home In Wyandot County Injuring Four

3/25/2016 – 11:40 am

Four people were injured when a vehicle crashed into a home on State Route 67 west of Harpster in Wyandot County Thursday. The Courier reports that the driver, identified as 80-year-old Leah Bulger of Tiffin was transported to the Wyandot Memorial Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. Three passengers, 53-year-old Thomas Bulger, 8-year-old Dalton Rohrbach, and 10-year-old Wyatt Hannum were injured and transported to the hospital as well.

Bulger was heading northbound on 67 shortly after 7:30pm when she ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and went off the left side of the road, striking two parked vehicles and struck the southeast corner of a home. The occupants, identified as William and Ruth Ann Miller were home but escaped without injury. There was heavy damage to the home and all vehicles and Leah Bulger was cited for failure to maintain control.

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