Review Category : Local News

Kenton Man Accused Of Selling Heroin In Findlay

1/26/17 – 7:21 A.M.

A Kenton man is facing drug charges in Hancock County. A recently-unsealed secret indictment says 23-year-old Kyle Brumage faces a trafficking heroin charge. Prosecutors have also charged him with trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.

Investigators say Brumage sold less than a gram of heroin in Findlay last February. They also say Brumage sold a counterfeit drug within 100 feet of a juvenile last June in Madison Township.

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MPLX Issues Q4 Dividend

1/26/17 – 7:14 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s energy and logistics subsidiary has declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2016. MPLX shareholders are getting 52 cents per common unit. The company will pay the dividend on February 14 to shareholders of record as of February 6.

The dividend is four percent more than the dividend issued in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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MAP: Planned Power Outage This Weekend For North Side Of Findlay

1/26/17 – 6:46 A.M.

If you live on the north side of Findlay you could lose your power this weekend. American Electric Power says it has a planned outage set for Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. AEP crews will be working on a new substation on Hancock County Road 99 at that time.

Inside the city, the outage will stretch to Hancock County Road 216 to the north, Melrose Avenue to the south, I-75 to the west, and Jennifer Lane and France Street to the east. Addresses south of 2900 North Main street won’t have power for around 20 minutes. Homes and businesses north of there could be without electricity for between one and four hours.

The outage will affect traffic signals. You’re reminded to treat them as four-way stops.

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Second Competency Hearing Ordered For Putnam County Murder Suspect

1/26/17 – 5:29 A.M.

A Putnam County Judge will allow a murder suspect to have a second competency evaluation. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Judge Randall Basinger issued the ruling at a recent hearing for Travis Soto. Soto’s lawyer wasn’t happy with the results of the first evaluation. Basinger said the Ohio Revised Code allows for, “one or more evaluations.” He then referred Soto to the Forensic Center for Western Ohio in Dayton.

Soto served five years in prison following the death of his 2-year-old son in January of 2006. He pleaded guilty to child endangerment after hitting the boy with an ATV. Investigators say Soto walked into the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office last year and admitted he murdered the child.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Hancock Public Health Get Overdose Prevention Grant

1/26/17 – 5:16 A.M.

Hancock Public Health is getting a grant aimed at preventing drug overdoses in the county. The Ohio Department of Health is giving the agency more than $58,000. Hancock Public Health will use the money to pay for a full-time prevention coordinator. The agency can renew the grant for an extra two years, bringing its total to more than $188,000 over three years.

Hancock County had 16 drug overdose deaths in 2015, and 11 last year. The 2016 number could increase because the cause of death is pending in five other cases.

Deputy Health Commissioner Barb Wilhelm says the prevention coordinator will work with ADAMHS and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

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UPDATE: Victim Named In Fatal Stabbing In Fostoria

1/26/17 – 5:05 A.M.
11:34 A.M. UPDATE

A teenager is dead following an apparent stabbing in Fostoria Wednesday evening. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the incident happened around 6 p.m. at the Fostoria Townhouses at 1202 Beier Drive. A post on the Fostoria Police facebook page identified the 18-year-old victim as D’Andre Gehring of Fostoria. Officers have charged a 17-year-old male with the murder. 18-year-old Arlando Crowe has been charged with complicity to murder.

Emergency crews took the victim to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment. He later passed away from his injuries.

Investigators from Ohio BCI collected evidence from the townhouses until late Wednesday night. Police Chief Keith Loreno says detectives talked to several witnesses at the police station.

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City Council Discusses Options Of Moving Money Into Capital Improvement Fund

01/25/17 – 10:57 P.M.
Findlay City Council met Wednesday to discuss the capital improvement plans for 2017. One of the topics was moving 1.5 million dollars from the general fund to the capital fund. City Auditor Jim Staschiak said that they will wait to make that decision.
He requested that council set a separate meeting with him so he can cover all their options. He added that he wants the council to be aware of everything they need to know before they make a decision.
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Pavement Study Was Discussed By Findlay City Council At Capital Improvement Meeting

01/25/17 – 10:40 P.M.
During an informational meeting Findlay City Council discussed the pavement study more in-depth. Service Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the study will let them know how long the roads are lasting.
Schmelzer said it will provide the city data on the streets.
Not everyone agreed that now is the time to do the project. Councilwoman Holly Frische said that while it is a good plan there are streets that we know need attention now. She said the city could wait to hold the $98,000 until those projects are completed.
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Bluffton Fires Village Administrator

1/25/17 – 7:10 A.M.

After 13 years of service, Bluffton has terminated its village administrator. The Lima News reports Bluffton Village Council voted 4-2 during a Monday meeting to let go of Jamie Mehaffie. The decision came following a lengthy executive session that ended around 11 p.m.

Village officials have not said what led to the decision.

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