9/4/2015 4:35pm A McComb teenage girl was reportedly assaulted and robbed at the Hancock County Fair. The Courier reports that the alleged incident happened Thursday evening. The Hancock County Sheriff’s report indicated that the girl was near the restroom on the south end of the midway near the South Grandstand when three other girls grabbed her and forced her into a bathroom stall. The suspects reportedly forced the victims face and head into a toilet and flushed multiple times. The suspects then stole $14.00 from the victim. The suspects are described as s: a white female, approximately 16-years-old, with brown hair past her shoulders, wearing skinny black jeans with brown boots up to her knees; a white female, approximately 16-years-old, with a red “pixie” style haircut, wearing a red crop top and flip-flops; and a white female, approximately 16-years-old, with brown hair, no other description. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 419-424-7097. More: The Courier
9/4/2015 3:40pm As September continues, one issue that farmers in this area need to be on the lookout for is Palmer Amaranth, otherwise known as Giant Pigweed. Hancock County Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that Giant Pigweed describes what to be looking for. Audio: Ed Lentz If the seeds haven’t matured, Lentz says that the weed can be picked and disposed of. If the seeds have matured, Lentz says that it takes a bit more effort to remove the weeds. Audio: Ed Lentz Lentz says that even fields set aside for the Conservation Reserve Program are checked for the pigweed due to the potential for the weed spreading to nearby crop fields. Farmers are encouraged to scout fields now, prior to harvesting, to avoid infecting fields with the weed.
9/4/2015 1:10pm Thirty residences on East Findlay Street in the Village of Carey are under a boil advisory. The advisory will be in place while water line repairs are being done prior to a hydrant replacement in the area. The properties affected by this are located between Wyandot Avenue and the CSX railroad tracks.
9/4/2015 10:35am The Ohio State Patrol will be out in force over the course of Labor Day weekend working to keep roads free of impaired drivers. A year ago there were twelve fatalities on roadways in Ohio during Labor Day including seven which were alcohol related. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to help avoid accidents and injuries. Troopers will be out and ODOT will be posting signs on the highways to remind drivers. ODOT has also suspended work on most construction projects over the weekend, but you should still plan alternate routes and allow extra travel time due to holiday travelers.
9/3/2015 7:00pm One of the many fun activities at the Hancock County Fair each year is the annual cookie and pie eating contest. Participants of all ages try their hands and wet their lips on cookies and pies to see who can eat one the fastest. It is all in good fun and some kids have even worked it out to a science. Audio: Zane Davis Zane Davis from Findlay won the nine to eleven year old class division. The Cookie contest was sponsored by the Hancock County Fair and the pie contest by Kathy’s Corner Restaurant of Arcadia.
9/4/15 – 7:31 A.M. A former Kenton Municipal Court probation officer was sentenced for sex crimes this week. WKTN radio reports Don Caste will spend eight years in prison. He entered guilty pleas on two counts of rape last month. Five other counts were dropped. The victim appeared in court and lobbied for a longer sentence, saying the crime had left her with trust issues. She also said Castle had brainwashed her. Castle will not be eligible for early release. He was also classified as a tier III sex offender. MORE: WKTN
9/4/15 – 7:23 A.M. There’s a possible solution on the table for the battle over how to maintain a cemetery in Bluffton. The Lima News reports a proposal would see the land at the Shannon Cemetery leased to an organization that would guarentee maintenance and upkeep of the facility. Some Bluffton residents have fought efforts to turn the cemetery into a memorial park. The cemetery is the final resting place for some of Bluffton’s founders. It also includes gravesites for Revolutionary War soldiers. No final decisions have been made. The group opposing making the cemetery a park says they want headstones returned first. They also want promises that the grounds wouldn’t be leased to anyone who wanted to change how the cemetery is used. MORE: Lima News
9/4/15 – 6:46 A.M. Today is day three of the Hancock County Fair. Tonight’s featured event will be the KOI Drag Races in the south grandstand. That will start at 7 p.m. Today will also see ride specials start after 1 p.m. Ride wristbands will only be $20. Once again there will be plenty of open class and junior fair competitions going on. Fair Schedule: 7:00 AM Gates open 9:00 AM Op Class Saddle Horse & Pony Show (N Grandstand) 9:00 AM Jr Fair Dog Show (Show Tent) 9:00 AM Open Class Saddle Horse & Pony (N. Grandstand) 10:00 AM Jr Fair Dairy Goat Show (S. Show Arena) 11:00 AM Jr Fair/Op Class Beef Show (N Show Arena) Order: . Beef Feeder Showmanship, Beef Feeder, Beef Showmanship, Hosler-Corbin Insurance Agency Inc. Dairy Steer, HCCC Steer, Market Steer, LUNCH BREAK (1/2 hour), Junior Fair Beef Breeding, Open Class Beef Breeding 12:00 PM-3:00 PM Home &Garden Program (Grange Building) 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Jr Fair Premium Pick-Up –Yesterday’s Shows (Jr Fair Office) 5:30…