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Van-truck crash hurts Tiffin driver

BASCOM — A Tiffin man was admitted to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, after a Seneca County Agency Transportation minivan and a tractor-trailer collided on Ohio 18, east of Bascom, about 8:40 p.m. Monday, the Fremont post of the State Highway Patrol reported.
Donald Hutzel, 80, the driver of the minivan, was trapped in the vehicle when it lodged under the truck trailer. The rear wheels of the trailer had to be raised to free the van. It took more than 30 minutes to remove Hutzel.
He was taken by Bascom Emergency Medical Service to Mercy Hospital, Tiffin, then taken by ambulance to the Toledo hospital.
The driver of the truck, Steven Brock, 47, of Feesburg, was not injured.
According to the patrol, Brock was driving west on Ohio 18 when he attempted to back onto Hopewell Township 109, then failed to yield and pulled out from the stop sign. Hutzel hit the left side of the trailer.
Bascom Fire Department, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, and John’s Towing and Welding, Tiffin, assisted at the accident scene.
No charges have been filed, according to the patrol.

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Warranty Direct’s ‘nightmare’ car is the automotive version of Frankenstein’s monster. Is your car a donor?

Warranty Direct has revealed what it thinks is the U.K.’s ‘nightmare’ car. To do so, the company compiled the vehicles with the worst performance by category and smashed them together, creating a monstrosity we’re glad we’ll never see on the road.

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Videotape shows Schaeffer admitting to helping Weiker

By BRIAN BOHNERT
FOR THE COURIER
TIFFIN — A Fostoria man, accused of complicity in a Memorial Day arson that killed two people, told investigators he helped the woman who started the blaze because he wanted to have a relationship with her, a video showed Tuesday.
Several witnesses took the stand Tuesday to testify against Charles V. Schaeffer, 45, who is charged with complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder, and complicity to attempted murder for his role in the fatal blaze at 614 S. Poplar St.
One of Schaeffer’s co-defendants, Shey L. Weiker, 32, continued her testimony Tuesday in Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Weiker told the court Schaeffer instructed her how to ignite the road flare she used to start the fire in the early morning hours of May 26.
Two of the three residents at 614 S. Poplar, Daniel Joe Marker Jr., 48, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44, perished in the blaze. Both were hearing impaired.
A third resident, Dana Weatherall, 49, survived but sustained serious injuries after escaping through a back window. She too is hearing impaired.
Weiker has testified she started the fire because she thought Marker had committed a sex crime against her son.
Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine, who is representing the state, on Tuesday showed a video taken during the Fostoria Police Department interrogation of Schaeffer after the fire.
In the video, Frank Reitmeier, an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, questions Schaeffer about his involvement in the fire, and Schaeffer initially denies any wrongdoing.
As his wife, Karen Schaeffer, watched from the courtroom Tuesday, Schaeffer later admitted on the video his love for Weiker and his desire to have a relationship with her should Karen pass away.
“You wanted to help her because you love her, right?” Reitmeier asked Schaeffer in the May 26 interrogation footage. “You love this woman and you’re trying to help take the pain away, aren’t you?” Reitmeier asked.
Schaeffer then became emotional and started crying while slowly nodding his head up and down. The defendant proceeded to admit instructing Weiker how to use a road flare to burn a house down because it would not leave fingerprints.
During live testimony Tuesday, Reitmeier told jurors he was called to the fire scene in order to determine the area of origin and cause of the fire.
After noting the charred front porch and collapsed roof, Reitmeier said he came to the conclusion the fire originated from the front of the home.
With help from a K-9 officer, Reitmeier said he then focused his investigation on the area, collecting debris in hopes of discovering the presence of an ignitable liquid.
“A fire of this magnitude … once debris burns, anything that would have remained would have been unidentifiable,” Reitmeier said, explaining flares burn until there is nothing left.
If it had not been for interviews with those involved, Reitmeier said he might not have known a flare was used to ignite the fire.
The third day of trial will begin at 8:45 a.m. today in Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Kelbley’s courtroom.

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Human Trafficking Suspect Caught In Fostoria

10/29/14 – 5:20 A.M.

A Rhode Island man accused of human trafficking was recently arrested in Fostoria. The Providence Journal reports 25-year-old Terrance Dudley was one of three men accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution. He has since been returned to Rhode Island to face charges.

Investigators say Dudley and two others took pictures of the girl to post on the internet, and sold her to five men before police were able to recover her.

MORE: Providence Journal

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Kasich touts Ohio as national example during Findlay stop

His re-election next Tuesday looking like a slam-dunk, Gov. John Kasich was folksy in a visit today to Findlay. He seemed to fuel speculation he may run for president in 2016.

He urged unity over personal differences and touted Ohio’s improved economy as a template for the nation.

“Let’s send a big message to the country that Ohio has got its act together and we are an example of what people around the country ought to follow,” Kasich said in a packed Hancock County Republican headquarters.

His name has turned up in a few news reports speculating about presidential hopefuls. Kasich has maintained he is focused on getting re-elected as governor and has not thought about running for president in 2016.

But he did not strengthen that claim today in Findlay.

While Republicans are on the brink of another electoral sweep of statewide offices and majorities in both houses of the Legislature, Kasich seemed to distance himself from the right and moved toward the middle. Where four years ago in Findlay he proclaimed he loved the tea party and considered them brothers and sisters in battle, on Tuesday he opened ranks to Democrats.

“You should be so proud to be part of this. Maybe we even have a few Democrats in here — I would hope so — proud of what we are doing in this state,” he said.

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Kilroy Was Here

10/14/14 – 10:54 A.M.

If you drive by electronic billboards in Findlay, you may have noticed an ad with a caricature and the caption, “Kilroy was here.” Some light on what that means was shed at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. Bob Driftmyer is a past commander of Amvets Post 21 says it’s a nod to World War II vets…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says it can also teach younger generations more about World War II. He says “Kilroy” graffiti was a viral sensation before there was such a thing…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says the caricature served as a morale booster for troops. That’s why you’re seeing it pop up in Findlay recently. The iconic image is being used to salute WWII veterans in the lead up to Veterans Day next month.

The Courier will have an article featuring WWII veterans talking about their favorite Kilroy memories later in October.

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UF Receives Grant to Recruit Math and Science Teachers

10/01/14     6:54 a.m.

The University of Findlay has received a grant worth more than $1 million dollars to groom math and science teachers who work schools that serve many low-income students. The grant is from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. More than 142 colleges applied for this grant and only 45 schools were chosen to receive the funding.

The program is aimed to get 24 undergraduate juniors majoring in biology or math to pursue a teaching degree and eight science or math professionals to join a teaching career. The Undergraduates will receive more than $37,000 and the professionals will receive $14,000 in scholarship money from the grant. While being in the program the students will have to be committed to the program for at least two years.

The students will be paired with teachers in Hancock County and Lima to teach grades seven through 12 in high-needs schools.

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Carey Receives $1.5 mil Grant to Upgrade the City’s Electrical System

09/24/14     3:38 p.m.

The Village of Carey has received a $1.5 million grant to support local manufacturing. The United States’ Economic Development Administration announced the grant today, saying the investment will create 50 jobs and generate $18 million in private investment.

To benefit local manufacturers, the money will be put toward upgrading the city’s electrical system, which is currently at capacity. The current power substations were originally intended for residential use and have been unable to provide reliable power for Carey’s factories.

Increasing the capacity will ensure reliable power as well as allow for future industrial expansion.

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Hancock County Schools Do Well On State Report Card

9/18/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Ohio has released its latest round of school report cards, and many Hancock County schools saw improvement.

The Findlay City School District got an “A” grade for performance indicators. The district also got an “A” for working with students in the lowest 20 percent and an “A” for students with disabilities. Findlay got a “C” grade for gifted students. All of the marks are above last year’s grades.

The only other district to get an “A” on performance indicators in Hancock County was Van Buren. Arcadia, Arlington, Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Vanlue all scored “B” grades. Corey Rawson received a “C.”

Schools are graded in nine performance areas. They won’t get overall grades until 2016. We have a link to the full report cards on our website.

MORE: Ohio School Report Cards

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