Review Category : Local News

Former Circle K Manager Pleads No Contest For Theft

4/25/2016 – 5:12 pm

A former Circle K district manager has pled no contest to stealing money from the company over several years. The Courier reports that 52-year-old Donna F Rexroad of Dunkirk plead no contest Monday to charges in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. A jury trial was slated to begin on Monday.

Between January 6th, 2011 and February 2nd, 2015, Rexroad stole around $150,000 from the company. Rexroad was the Circle K District Manager for Hancock and Allen Counties. Sentencing is slated for June 8th and Rexroad was released on her own recognizance bond, previously set.

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Arlington Man Charged With Murder In Death Of Findlay Boy

4/25/2016 – 5:00 pm

An Arlington man has been charged with the murder of a two-year-old Findlay boy. The Courier reports that a Hancock County grand jury has indicted 28-year-old Brent Houdenshell with murder, endangering children and tampering with evidence in the death of two-year-old Breydon Ferrell on March 31st.

That night, Findlay Police were dispatched to the Breckenridge Road Apartment complex for a report of an unresponsive child. It was reported the child had fallen out of his crib. During the investigation, Houdeshell allegedly deleted text messages and call logs to impair its availability as evidence in any investigation. An autopsy by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office found the cause of death was blunt force head trauma.

Houdeshell and Ferrell’s mother, Alisha Young were reportedly in a relationship. Young was not home during the incident. Houdeshell, Ferrell and a three-month-old baby were the only ones home at the time. Houdeshell will be arraigned on Wednesday.

More: The Courier

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Over 550 Pounds Of Expired Medications Collected In Findlay This Spring

4/25/2016 – 3:19 pm

Over the past weekend, several sites around Findlay were set up to provide people a place to drop off unused or expired medications to make sure that they were disposed of properly. Over that time, 252 pounds of medication were collected, which is then added to the 73 pounds collected on April 19th by Marathon and the 225 pounds collected in the permanent medication collection boxes.

Students from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy assisted in the collection of the medications throughout the drive. If you missed the collection day, permanent collection boxes are located at the Findlay Municipal Building and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

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Halt Hunger 5K Run/Walk Set For May 14th

4/25/2016 – 2:56 pm

Harvest Time International Ministries Church will be hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 14th at Riverside Park. Funds raised from the 5K will help to support a number of agencies that provide food in Hancock County. Lutheran Social Services, The Salvation Army, City Mission, Christian Clearing House, CHOPIN Hall, the West Ohio Food Bank and the Feed-A- Chile weekend meal program will benefit.

The Halt Hunger Initiative is designed to support local food programs and providers in their efforts to provide health food to individuals and families in need of food assistance. Nearly one in eight individuals in Hancock County is in need of food assistance.

To register, go to LiveUnitedHancockCounty.org. Registration the day of the event will begin at 8am with the race slated to begin at 9am. Cost is $25.00 per person and registrations that are received before April 29th will receive a t-shirt.

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Mount Blanchard Cleanup Planned

4/25/16 – 9:01 A.M.

An annual cleanup effort in Mount Blanchard is set for May 7, but organizers are working to line-up volunteers now. Community service projects will take place at Island and Hurricane Parks, the baseball diamonds, and in the downtown area. Most of the projects will include picking up litter, painting, and minor repair work.

Village leaders are hoping community groups will step up once again to help. For more information contact RuthAnn Bushong or Jackie Porcello.

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Fostoria Man Injured In Weekend Motorcycle Crash

4/25/16 – 7:31 A.M.

A Fostoria man was injured when his motorcycle collided with a semi Sunday night. The State Highway Patrol reports 48-year-old Mark Jordan was riding south on State Route 635 when a northbound semi turned left in front of him onto County Road 592. The truck was driven by 64-year-old Michael Tippin of Tiffin.

Jordan was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment of what were called non-life-threatening injuries. Tippin was cited for failure to yield.

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Gas Prices Continue To Rise

4/25/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Gas prices jumped over the last week, and as a result, we’re paying more to fill up as we head back to work today. OhioGasPrices.com reports a wide range of prices in Findlay right now, anywhere from $2.08 per gallon to $2.17. Depending on where you get gas, you’re paying 3-to-12 cents more per gallon compared to a week ago.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.14 a gallon. That’s a 10 cent increase from last Monday.

Local prices are following a statewide trend. The average for a gallon of regular in Ohio is $2.16. A week ago it was $2.09.

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Presidential Nominating Delegates Selected For The Region

4/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Local delegates for this summer’s presidential nominating conventions have been selected. The Courier reports both parties have named who will represent the various congressional districts in the state. The 5th Congressional District encompasses most of our region.

The Republicans will send Findlay Businessman Frank Guglielmi, State Representative Barbara Sears, and Fulton County Recorder Sandra Barber to Cleveland to represent the Fifth District. Democrats will send BGSU professor Barbara McMillen of Perrysburg, and Oregon Clay science teacher Dennis Slotnick of Genoa.

Republican delegates are already pledged to John Kasich because the Republican Party opted for a “winner-take-all” style primary. Fifth District Democrats are pledged to Bernie Sanders. The Fifth District was his only victory over Hillary Clinton in Ohio.

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Two New Road Construction Projects Kick Off This Week

4/25/16 – 5:16 A.M.

There are a couple of new road construction projects to look out for this week. ODOT reports U.S. 30 between Hancock County Road 183 and New Stark will be reduced to one lane in certain locations for pavement repair. In Putnam County, State Route 65 will be closed north of County Road H starting today for a culvert replacement.

You’ll also see continued lane reductions on State Route 103 between Arlington and State Route 698.

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Search Continues For Missing Ada Teen

4/25/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Ada police are continuing their search for a missing 14-year-old girl. A statement from the department says 14-year-old Elizabeth Saracson was last seen Friday night at 10 p.m. She was staying the night at her sister’s home. Ada police believe she left “on her own accord.” She was still missing as of this morning.

Saracson is white, with brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. She is 5’8″ and weighs around 140 pounds. She also has a mole on her neck.

Saracson was last seen wearing jeans, a Bowling Green T-Shirt, and tennis shoes. She reportedly had a blue duffel bag with the name “Lizzy” in sparkled letters.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Ada Police Department at (419)637-0010.

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