Review Category : Local News

Sentence Handed Down In Tanning Salon Voyeurism Case

5/8/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A Wood County man pleaded no contest to six voyeurism charges in Hancock County Wednesday. Judge Jonathan Starn ordered 27-year-old Casey Miller of Gibsonburg to serve 30 days in a Findlay work-release program as a result. Miller illegally photographed women at a Findlay tanning salon last spring. Six other charges were dropped.

Miller will be labeled a Tier I sex offender, and will be required to register with a local sheriff’s office for 15 years. He already has convictions for similar crimes at other tanning salons in Bowling Green and Fremont.

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Conservancy District Gets Update On Blanchard River Project

5/8/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy Court is still keeping a close eye on Blanchard River issues. The Courier reports the court met last week. Members were given an update on the Blanchard River flood mitigation process.

Hancock County officials have long said they would like to hand off the Blanchard River project to the conservancy district. That won’t happen until the Army Corps of Engineers makes its recommendations on flood control measures.

The Corps attended the meeting but didn’t talk much about the project. Officials did say mitigation efforts could cost between $125 and $200 million to build.

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Findlay Teenager Killed In Wednesday Crash

5/8/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay teenager was killed in a Wednesday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Nathan McKee was killed when the Jeep he was driving hit a deer and rolled over. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Liberty Township Road 67, near Township Road 80.

Investigators say McKee was driving south when he hit the deer and lost control. The Jeep went off the side of the road and rolled in a field. McKee was wearing a seatbelt, but was ejected anyway. His passenger, 17-year-old Leon Lopez of Findlay, was also injured. EMS crews rushed Lopez to Blanchard Valley Hospital. His condition has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Fostoria Swears In New Police Chief

5/7/14 – 8:36 A.M.

It’s been a longtime coming, but Fostoria finally has a new police chief. Keith Loreno was sworn in during last night’s city council meeting. Loreno has served as the Fire Chief for four years.

Mayor Eric Keckler named Loreno the next chief in April. Former chief John McGuire retired in December 2013, but had been on an extended medical leave since 2012.

Work will now start to pick a new fire chief.

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Low Turnout For Tuesday Primary

5/7/14 – 8:30 A.M.

A high-profile and sometimes contentious Hancock County Commissioners race apparently wasn’t enough to draw people to the polls Tuesday. Hancock County Board of Elections Director Jody O’Brien says only 20% of the county’s registered voters cast ballots yesterday.

There are 49,736 registered voters in Hancock County and only 9,888 voted on Tuesday.

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One Person Hurt In Semi Crash Near Arlington

5/7/14 – 8:15 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 68 north of Arlington tied up the road for a few hours Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened near Township Road 25 in Jackson Township around 3:40 p.m.

22-year-old Ryan Muns of Bruce Township Michigan was driving north on 68 when he went left of center and hit a semi driven by Allen Walters of Casco Michigan. Debris from the crash hit a car driven by Chelsea Coppler of Arlington.

Muns was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Walter and Coppler were not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Metzger Wins Republican Party Nomination In Wyandot County

5/7/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Republicans in Wyandot County chose Ron Metzger to represent the party in November in the race for county commissioner. Metzger defeated Robin Schuster and Ed Boutwell Tuesday, taking 878 votes.

Metzger was appointed by the county Republican Central Committee in June 2012 to replace Mike Wheeler, who resigned. Metzger was elected in 2012 to complete Wheeler’s unexpired term.

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Kerschner Wins Republican Nod In Seneca County Commissioner Primary

5/7/14 – 7:38 A.M.

Republicans in Seneca County threw their support behind Mike Kerschner for county commissioner Tuesday. Kerschner bested Philip Frankart of New Riegel by nearly 1,700 votes. Kerschner will now run against Independent Dave Sauber in the November general election.

The two are vying for a seat being vacated by Jeff Wagner, who decided not to run for reelection.

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Incumbent Wins Wood County Commissioners Primary Race

5/7/14 – 7:34 A.M.

A contested Wood County primary race went to the incumbent. Commissioner Doris Herringshaw took 73% of the vote in a three-way race. Herringshaw will now face Democrat Andrew Newlove of Bowling Green in the November general election.
Herringshaw was appointed to the post last year to replace former Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown.

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Appleseed EMS Replacement Levy Approved

5/7/14 – 7:13 A.M.

Voters in and around Arlington approved funding for EMS services during the Tuesday primary. The Appleseed Emergency Medical Service levy for operating expenses was approved. 86% of the ballots cast were in favor of the measure.

The replacement levy will allow the 0.6-mill tax to be collected on current property valuations, which have increased.

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