Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Rape Suspect Wants Case Continued

4/10/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Hancock County man accused of rape wants his case to be continued. The Courier reports 56-year-old Gary Martin of Rawson wants a psychiatrist to testify on his behalf. Martin is facing four felony rape counts for alleged incidents involving an 11-year-old girl. He recently was evaluated by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Norman Miller of East Lansing, Michigan.

Martin initially pleaded guilty but withdrew the plea in early March. Court documents show Dr. Miller’s opinion is that Martin is not guilty of the charges by reason of insanity because of the effects of the drug Wellbutrin. Martin was taking the medicine for depression. Miller says the drug increased Martin’s pychosis.

Two separate evaluations have found Martin competent to stand trial.

Another hearing was set for May 14.

MORE: The Courier

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Bids Opened For Litter Landing Renovation

4/10/15 – 5:12 P.M.

The renovation of Litter Landing took a step forward Thursday. The Courier reports bids were opened for the project. Whitta Construction of Fostoria was the apparent low bidder at $527,000. That’s below estimates for the work.

Last year project engineer Steve Wilson told us about one aspect of the project…

Audio: Steve Wilson

The driving lanes at the facility on East Sandusky will also be expanded. The work will include adding a new inventory storage area and an interior equipment courtyard.

MORE: The Courier

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Funnel Cloud Reported Over Nothern Hancock County Thursday

4/10/15 – 4:57 A.M.

It was bright and sunny across much of Hancock County Thursday afternoon, but it was a much different story in the northeastern part of the county. Tornado sirens sounded just before 5 p.m. after a tornado warning was issued in that area. A funnel cloud was spotted but never touched down.

Though the severe weather threat was past Findlay, officials at the Findlay Police Department tell the Courier it is policy to sound the sirens as a precautionary measure regardless of where the storm is in the county.

MORE: The Courier

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Blanchard River Expected To Crest Below Flood Stage

4/10/15 – 4:46 A.M.

After a few days of rain the Blanchard River is swollen, but it doesn’t appear it will enter flood stage. The river’s rise is slowing ahead of projections in Findlay. The latest readings from the National Weather Service show the Blanchard cresting at 9.6 feet this morning. That would stay in action stage and it doesn’t look like it will even get that high.

Downstream in Ottawa the river is also expected to crest in the action stage. The NWS is calling for a crest of 20.8 feet Saturday morning. The river is currently below action stage in Ottawa.

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Blanchard River Levels Rising, Not Expected to Reach Flood Stage

04/09/15     12:30 p.m.

Heavy rains are expected to raise the Blanchard River but not quite to flood stage.

In Findlay the Blanchard is currently below 5 feet but is expected to rise to 7.9 feet by Friday afternoon. Action stage in Findlay is 8 feet.

In Ottawa, the river will crest at 19.9 feet Saturday with action stage at 20. Currently levels there are below 15 feet.

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Two Findlay Warehouses To Expand

4/9/15 – 10:54 A.M.

Two Findlay area warehouses are expanding operations. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved the expansions for Findlay Warehousing Company and American Tire Distributors during their Thursday meeting.

Findlay Warehousing will build 80,000 square feet onto its existing 200,000 square-foot facility on County Road 140. An HR representative says a few new jobs will be added.

American Tire is building a more than 400,000 square-foot warehouse onto existing facilities on County Road 212.

The American Tire Warehouse was formerly operated by Hercules Tire & Rubber Company.

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BVHS To Build New Sleep Disorder Center

4/9/15 – 10:38 A.M.

Blanchard Valley Health System is moving its Sleep Disorder Center to a new location. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved plans to redevelop property at 1913 South Main Street during their Thursday meeting…

Audio: Jim Brooks

Jim Brooks is a construction representative for the health system. He added that the new center will also allow for daytime sleep studies.

Construction is slated to begin in June and to be open by the end of the year.

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Hancock Leadership Looking for 30 New Children’s Mentoring Connection Mentors

04/09/15     10:38 a.m.

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Hancock Leadership Class of 2015 is working with Children’s Mentoring Connection to find 30 new mentors. Sarah Foltz from the Hancock Leadership class said they chose the project because it was something that could have an impact even after the campaign ended.

Audio: Sarah Foltz

Nikki Hagerty, case manager for CMC, said there are always children waiting for mentors.

Audio: NIkki Hagerty

The leadership class has created a presentation and informational video to show to organizations and businesses that may be interested in signing up for a mentorship.

For more information or to have the Hancock Leadership class do a presentation for your groups, see hancockmentors.org or call 419-424-9752.

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Charges Filed In Case Of Missing Tiffin Teen

4/9/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Charges have been filed against three people involved in the disappearance of a Tiffin teen. 14-year-old Madalyn Hiser is charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct. Hiser went missing on March 22 and turned up in Anderson, Indiana last Friday.

The couple she was found with are also facing charges in the case. 25-year-old Nicholas Lawler and 23-year-old Brittany Lawler face counts of interference with custody and for taking a juvenile across state lines.

A release from the Tiffin Police Department says Hiser was with the Andersons ever since she went missing.

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Fostoria Man Found Guilty Of Robbery

4/9/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A jury has found a Fostoria man who was shot during the course of an attempted robbery guilty of the crime. The Review-Times reports the trial of 28-year-old William North took just under two days.

North attempted to rob a West Township Road 84 home last September. He and an accomplice, 37-year-old William Mahan, were trying to steal marijuana from the house. North now faces up to eight years in prison.

An indictment for Mahan has not been filed with the courts.

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