10/01/14 6:58 a.m. A historic bridge in Putnam County will be receiving repairs starting in the fall of 2016. The Sentinel reports that the Putnam County engineers have been awarded funds for the Mallaham Bridge. The total estimated price of construction will be more than $380,000. The grant the county received is worth more than $300,000. The bridge is eligible for National Historic Places for its bowstring truss design.
10/01/14 6:56 a.m. The Lima Police Department will be hiring three new officers on Tuesday after the department received more than $370,000 in grant money. Limaohio.com reports that City Council will have to approve the funds and that the police department must keep the officers after the three-year grant runs out. Roughly more than $120 million dollars are awarded nationally by the Justice Departments Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Departments that received money were selected based on needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans.
10/01/14 6:52 a.m. Testimony ended yesterday in the case of John Saltz, the 49-year-old Marion man facing charges on raping a child in 2011. A sexual assault nurse examiner conducted a rape kit test of the girl according to Detective Matt Tuttle. Police obtained DNA results from the girl and her underwear which linked Saltz to the girl, prompting police to speak with him in September 2012. According to the Courier, when questioned after incident Tuttle said the defendant had no immediate response when pressed about how his DNA was linked to the girl. DNA expert witnesses said there is a strong connection of Saltz’s DNA to the girl, but they could not say with certainty that it was an absolute match. Judge Reginald Routson told jurors Tuesday they are unlikely to hear from additional witnesses prior to closing arguments today. Neither Saltz nor the alleged victim testified.
10/1/14 – 5:30 A.M. This week we’ve been telling you about programs available to kids in crisis situations in our area. Today we look at the challenges of getting kids who need help into programs that can benefit them. Josh Ebling of the Family Resource Center says that’s one of the biggest challenges… Audio: Josh Ebling Ebling also says a big hurdle is making sure families in highly volatile situations trust the programs that are in place… Audio: Josh Ebling One common misconception is that state programs will be quick to pull a child out of a home. Ebling added that they’re spreading word about the new programs to their clients, to fight that type of thinking. Tomorrow we’ll look at crisis intervention programs have already been used in Findlay.
09/30/14 5:38 p.m. New diet and exercise programs come out every day, but Dr. Steve Mills, health commissioner for the city of Findlay said staying fit is a lot easier than that. Audio: Steve Mills And with three full months left in the year, there is still time to make good on you 2014 New Year’s resolutions. If that resolution was to get in shape or lose some weight, Mills said there’s no need to go buy a pricey gym membership. audio: Steve Mills According to Mills, 150 minutes of walking per week has been shown to improve heart and lung functions as well as improve stress levels, self-esteem and mood. Mills said it’s as simple as walking the dog, using the stairs, taking a walk during the lunch hour or any other activity. It doesn’t all have to be done at once, but Mills said it’s just important to be active. For diabetes awareness month in November, Mills will be holding a walking club at the Findlay Village Mall…
09/30/14 1:40 p.m. A house has been destroyed in a fire this morning at 4800 Union Township Road 25, south of Rawson. The fire was first reported around 11:40 a.m. A plume of thick black smoke could be seen miles from the fire. Multiple fire departments, including Rawson, Mount Cory, Union Township, Allen Township, Jenera and Blanchard Township fire departments, responded to the scene. Additional details will be posted as they are made available.
9/30/14 – 5:30 A.M. Yesterday we outlined how stepped up efforts to help kids in crisis came to be. Today, we’re looking at how local families can get help. Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio and says a big part of the plan is to offer help to families at all hours of the day… Audio: Josh Ebling Ebling also says part of the Strong Families program focuses on not allowing one crisis to snowball into another… Audio: Josh Ebling Ebling says grant money from the state means more counselors can be trained to deal with these situations. As we continue our series tomorrow we’ll look at how the Strong Families plan aims to connect with kids in need of help.
9/30/14 – 5:13 A.M. A Seneca County crash injured five people Monday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 around 7 p.m. 44-year-old Adhah Aljohani was driving a Dodge Durango west on Route 224 when he ran a red light and hit a semi driven by 51-year-old Ryan Phillips of Wharton. The collision caused the Durango to damage a junction box that controlled the stop light. The semi slammed into a sign for a fuel center. Aljohani and one passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. Three other passengers were taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. The patrol says all the injuries were non-life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.
9/30/14 – 5:04 A.M. The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a drug bust on I-75 that was made last week. The patrol says two people were arrested last Wednesday after nearly $4,000 worth of prescription medication was found in their car. A 2012 Hyundai Accent was pulled over for speeding around 11:40 p.m. on September 23. A consent search of the car led to the discovery of 59 Oxycodone pills, 47 Alprazolam pills and 142 morphine sulfate pills. 21-year-old Devontae Russell of Roseville, Michigan; and 19-year-old Lida Rutherford of Knoxville, Tennessee are both facing charges.
9/30/14 – 4:55 A.M. A man a Fostoria murder victim once called her friend admitted his role in her death during a Monday court hearing. The Courier reports Tyson Ogg pleaded guilty to charges of complicity to aggravated burglary, complicity to aggravated robbery, and complicity to murder. He could get a sentence of 18 years to life in prison. Ogg served as the getaway driver the night 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio was shot and killed in her East Culbertson Street home in late May. On Monday, Mauricio’s parents told the media that their daughter had been friends with Ogg for years before the shooting. Mauricio and Caleb Barto, who was also attacked during the incident, had even let Ogg live with them at one point. Another suspect in the case, Dallas Salaz, has also pleaded guilty. He and Ogg will be sentenced after court proceedings for Garrett Brown are completed. Brown is accused of shooting Mauricio. MORE: The Courier
09/29/14 3:45 p.m. For the time being the active inmate page on the Hancock County Sheriff’s website is unavailable. But the change is only temporary. As of Sept. 19 a new rule says those convicted of a crime as a juvenile or are being placed under arrest on a juvenile charge may only have certain information released to the public no matter their age. This created a problem for Hancock County, which recently received three inmates in that category. Audio: Ryan Kidwell Lt. Ryan Kidwell said the active inmates page on the sheriff’s website does not allow taking those three people out of the roster, so in order to comply with the new regulations the website had to be taken down. Kidwell said the software company is working on a fix, but until then information on inmates is available on the Auto Information System by calling 419-424-7202.
09/29/14 3:00 p.m. For 13 years Beth Meeks worked as the executive director of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay. More recently, Meeks has been the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Audio: Beth Meeks Meeks told Rotarians at this afternoon’s meeting the domestic violence homicide rate in Louisiana is three times higher than the national average. In Ohio, Meeks said things are more uniform and consequences are consistent and swift, which deters from domestic violence. Modernizing the process is the goal, according to Meeks, and she said creating a new system, like Ohio’s, and keeping it in place for a few years will hopefully significantly reduce the homicide rate. Audio: Beth Meeks Meeks said Ohio is in a better position than Louisiana as far as combatting domestic violence for a number of reasons. First being the quick consequences, but Louisiana is also behind in implementing laws from the Violence Against Women Act. For Ohioans, Meeks said this is a lesson in what…
09/29/14 2:30 p.m. The village of Mount Blanchard is under a boil advisory until further notice. Mayor Bret Miller said the water system was depressurized for fire hydrant replacement. For more information residents can call the mayor at 419-408-7178.
09/29/14 11:14 a.m. Trial preparations began this morning with jury selection in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for the case of John Saltz. The 49-year-old Marion man faces a first-degree felony of rape involving a child in Findlay in 2011. The trial is expected to finish within four days.
9/29/14 – 6:55 A.M. A one car crash injured one person on I-75 in Wood County over the weekend. The State Patrol reports the crash happened just after 6 p.m. Friday near State Route 18. 61-year-old Karen Snyder of Bowling Green was driving south when she lost control and hit a concrete median barrier and a guardrail. Snyder had to be extricated from the vehicle with the jaws of life. She was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Snyder was also cited for failure to control.