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Memorial Service Planned For Elmwood Student

10/2/2015 – 4:12pm Elmwood High School will hold a memorial service for 17-year-old Derek Sheldon on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the school’s gym. The Courier reports that Sheldon died Thursday in a car crash on Bloomdale Road in Bloomdale Township. He was a member of Elmwood’s basketball and baseball teams. A moment of silence is also planned at tonight’s football game against Fostoria. More: The Courier

Republican Candidates For City Council At-Large Featured At First Friday Lunch

10/2/2015 – 3:43 pm The Republican candidates for office this fall were featured at the First Friday lunch this past Friday afternoon. Specifically Council At-Large candidates Grant Russel, Jeff Wobser and Tom Shindledecker. Grant Russel said that the city is currently in great shape, both financially and economically, and it was time for some long term planning. Audio: Grant Russel Russel also cited economic development and the building of a workforce in Findlay as primary goals of his. Candidate Jeff Wobser also touted economic development and cited Downtown Findlay as a successful project which has been a boon to the community. Audio: Jeff Wobser Councilman Tom Shindledecker could not attend the meeting due to a family funeral. There will be three at-large seats open on the council this year. Democrat Mary Harshfield will also be running. The top three winners will win the open seats.

Crash On I-75 Near Ohio 18 Causing Traffic Backups Through Findlay Area

10/2/2015 – 3:10pm A rollover crash involving a truck has closed the left lane of northbound Interstate 75 near the Ohio 18 exit in North Baltimore, according to scanner traffic and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Waze users reporting traffic backed up and moving slowly in both lanes both north and south of Findlay. No injuries have been reported, but traffic is backed up on northbound I-75 to Hancock County 99 in Findlay. Hanco EMS and the State Highway Patrol have responded to the scene. UPDATE: (Per The Courier) Right lane has re-opened on NB I-75. Traffic still very slow in the area.

Robertson Announces Re-Election Bid For Hancock County Commissioner

10/2/2015 – 12:00 pm Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson announced today that he will be seeking a second term as county commissioner. According to a release from Robertson, in his 33 months as a Hancock County Commissioner, he has fought against income tax increases, insisted on more transparency and dialogue between the city and county officials as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, strengthened downtown economic development, and worked to generate over $250 million dollars in local investment. “As a business owner, I have proven that the power of ideas, economic spirit and sound financial decisions can change the status quo in Hancock County politics,” Robertson said. “I am excited to talk about how my success in business can continue bringing additional prosperity and job creation to Hancock County” Earlier this week, it was announced that Fifth Ward Findlay Councilman John Harrington has taken out petitions to run for Hancock County commissioner and will also be seeking the seat held by Robertson.

Pot Plants Seized In Upper Sandusky

10/2/15 – 6:43 A.M. Authorities seized around 30 marijuana plants during a drug raid in Upper Sandusky Wednesday morning. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports officers executed a search warrant at 201 South Fourth Street after receiving a tip from a community member. It appears someone noticed marijuana plants on the balcony of the home. No arrests have been made yet, but charges are pending.

Two Injured In Findlay Crash

10/2/15 – 6:37 A.M. Two people were injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Tiffin Avenue. A car driven by 40-year-old Allyson Dysert of Vanlue was hit from behind by a car driven by 19-year-old Kyra Swartz of Greenville. Dysert and her passenger, 19-year-old Trey Johnson of Forest, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Swartz was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

Drug Bust Made During I-75 Traffic Stop Near Bluffton

10/2/15 – 5:24 A.M. A traffic stop on I-75 near Bluffton led to two arrests last weekend. The State Highway Patrol is releasing details of the stop, which happened last Saturday. Troopers pulled over a southbound car driven by 57-year-old Christopher Evans of Detroit, Michigan, for a traffic violation. When an object was observed on a passenger, 46-year-old Ronda Scott, she voluntarily gave up a package with 678 oxycodone pills. And additional 20 oxycodone pills and 55 diazepam pills were found in the car. The value of the prescription pain killers was more than $14,000. Evans and Scott are both facing possession charges.

Ottawa Council Discusses Plans For Former Hardware Site

10/2/15 – 5:16 A.M. Now that the former Paul’s Ace Hardware in Ottawa has been torn down, the future of the lot along Main Street is being discussed. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ottawa Village Council took up the issue at their meeting this week. There are some concerns that the ground at the site could be washed out because of the slope from nearby railroad tracks. There is a slope of three feet on the property. Recommendations to fix the problem include building a two-foot wall that would slope to a foot near the railroad. Curbing options were also discussed. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel