Review Category : Local News

Van Buren Man Sought For Questioning Following Thursday Car Crash

5/2/14 – 6:35 A.M.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for your help in bringing in a Van Buren man for questioning. A release from the sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Andre White is wanted for questioning about a car crash and stolen vehicle.

Early Thursday morning an SUV owned by Melinda Hackenburg was involved in a single vehicle crash on County Road 140 north of Portage Township Road 107. The people in the SUV fled the scene. The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating a stolen vehicle complaint from the same area of the crash. Deputies believe the cases are related.

A passenger in the vehicle was found. 33-year-old William Carver suffered severe injuries. Investigators think alcohol was a factor in the crash.

If you have information on where Andre White is, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at (419)422-2424.

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Former Tiffin Parks Director Accused In Sex Crime Case

5/2/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A former Tiffin Parks and Recreation director is accused of committing a sex crime. The Blade reports a grand jury indicted 45-year-old Steven Dryfuse on a charge of gross sexual imposition involving a minor this week. The indictment says Dryfuse compelled the victim to “submit by force or threat of force.” The charges stem from an incident that happened between October of 2001 and April of 2002.

The alleged crime happened before he served as the parks and recreation director for the city. Dryfuse is expected to plead not guilty when he is arraigned May 8.

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Recycling Efforts Bolstered In Putnam County

5/2/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Putnam County is upgrading its glass recycling efforts. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a $100,000 grant from the Ohio EPA will help the effort. Using money from the grant, the county will upgrade transfer sites so glass can be safely dumped into roll-offs. Rumpke Recycling in Dayton will then collect the glass.

For over a year Putnam County was paying to send recycled glass to the Hancock County Landfill. They were paying the landfill $42.75 per ton of glass, leading to an annual cost of around $8,500. Under the new plan Putnam County will receive around two-dollars per ton from Rumpke.

The county also hopes to get more people to recycle. They’ll be encouraging restaurants, bars, and wineries to take part.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Fostoria Restaurant Raided

5/2/14 – 4:56 A.M.

A Fostoria restaurant won’t be selling alcohol for a little while. Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit took all the alcohol from Los Tocallos Bar and Restaurant at 203 N. Main Street last night. An investigation found the business was operating with an outdated liquor license.

Officers began taking boxes of alcohol out of the building just after 9 p.m.

The state will not allow Los Tocallos to sell alcohol until it gets a valid licence from the Division of Liquor Control. The legal matter will be handled through the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

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Live Rett Free 5K Set For This Weekend

5/1/14 – 12:19 A.M.

A weekend event in Findlay will benefit research for a developmental disorder. The annual Live Rett Free 5K and Fun Run will take place Saturday morning at Riverside Park. Registrations starts at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K taking place at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20.

For more information call Karen Harold at (419)957-3875 or Amanda Jacobs at (419)306-4234.

Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It causes victims to have small hands and feet and a deceleration of the rate of head growth. People with Retts typically can’t speak, and about half can not walk.

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Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Progress Detailed

5/1/14 – 11:59 A.M.

Work to clean the Blanchard River picked up over the last two months. An update from Gary Tuttle of the Soil and Water Conservation District shows that the brutal winter hampered efforts after they got underway last November. Tuttle updated the Hancock County Commissioners today.

Crews from Tawa Tree Service have only been able to spend a total of 24 days on the stream enhancement so far.

In that time they have removed 100 logjams. Nearly 300 other trees have either been removed or trimmed. Work started at the Auglaize River. Crews are expected to reach Hancock County this summer.

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Members Of Flood Mitigation Group Encourage Commissioners To Stay The Course

5/1/14 – 11:13 A.M.

Members of the first group to examine Blanchard River flooding urged officials to stay the course on mitigation efforts today. Kathy Kreuchauf and other members of the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership spoke at the Hancock County Commissioners meeting. Kreuchauf said she doesn’t want to see the mitigation process get derailed by politics…

Audio: Kathy Kreuchauf

Kreuchauf says the group learned maintenance alone would not lessen the impact of flooding along the Blanchard River…

Audio: Kathy Kreuchauf

Kreuchauf added maintenance is important, but in the end is not a way to mitigate flooding.

The Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership took the reigns of flood mitigation efforts following the 2007 flood. They have since handed over control to the Hancock County Commissioners.

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Marathon Reports Lower Income In First Quarter Of 2014

5/1/14 – 7:35 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s first quarter earnings were down compared to the same time frame last year. In the company’s SEC filing, Marathon announced earnings of $199 million. That’s down from $725 million the first quarter of 2013. President and CEO Gary Heminger says the earnings included pretax pension settlement expenses of $64 million. Heminger added the rough winter created extra challenges.

The first three months of the year were busy for Marathon. The company completed refining turnarounds totaling nearly $470 million. Marathon also bought a biodiesel facility in April.

The company’s Speedway subsidiary also saw income drop from the first quarter of 2013. The convenience store chain posted income of $58 million, compared to $67 million last year. The rough winter hurt income. The company also saw higher operation costs from opening more stores.

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Tiffin Business Owner Sentenced For Selling Synthetic Drugs

5/1/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Tiffin business owner will spend three years in prison for selling synthetic drugs. The Norwalk Reflector reports 37-year-old Shawn Stagnolia pleaded guilty to several charges, including aggravated possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse. Authorities raided Zig Stag on Market Street in Tiffin last year. They found evidence of the sale of synthetic drugs.

They also found Stagnolia was selling tobacco products without charging a tax.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has also filed a civil lawsuit in the case. It charges Stagnolia under a a public nuisance law. If convicted, it will keep Stagnolia from opening similar businesses anywhere in Ohio.

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