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Two Inmates Who Escaped From a Lima Prison Will Not Be Charged

10/24/14     3:52 p.m. Two of the three inmates who escaped from a Lima prison will not be charged with escape. The Lima News reports Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane and fellow inmate Lindsey Bruce will not be charged. Lane and Bruce along with fellow inmate Clifford Opperud used a ladder to escape from Oakwood Prison in Lima on Sept. 11 but were all captured within hours. Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said additional years cannot be added to Lane’s triple life sentence. Waldick added it would be a waste of taxpayer money to charge Lane, as well as a security risk to transport him for court hearings. Waldick said he spoke with the families of Lane’s victims and they agreed with his decision. Opperud will be charged with escape and faces an additional 8 years on top of his 12-year sentence for robbery.

Play Defense Campaign Raising Money for Breast Cancer with Selfies

10/24/14     11:43 a.m. A new campaign to raise money for breast cancer awareness is as easy as taking a selfie. Imaging Consultants of Findlay Radiology is donating $1 for every selfie posted to their Facebook page, with the person in the picture wearing their “Play Defense” breast cancer button. All donations will be split between Susan G. Komen and Cancer Patient Services. “Play Defense” buttons are available at Coffee Amici in downtown Findlay. The “Play Defense” campaign encourages women and men to be proactive about their health by getting annual mammograms, doing self-checks and seeing a doctor if there are any changes or concerns.

Special Kids Therapy Holding Trunk-or-Treat Monday

10/24/14     11:25 a.m. Special Kids Therapy will once again be offering Halloween Trunk-or-Treat for the special needs community. SKT will be partnering with University of Findlay occupational therapy students to host the event in the Blanchard Valley Center parking lot Monday Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. The goal of the events is to provide a safe and fun environment for special needs children and their families to go trick-or-treating. UF’s OT students are also planning games, pumpkin decorating and other Halloween activities. SKT invites any interested community agencies to decorate a car and hand out candy on Monday. In case of rain, all activities will be moved into BVC’s gym. For more information, call 419-422-5607.

Tiffin Grocery Store Robbed

10/24/14 – 5:33 A.M. A Tiffin grocery store was robbed earlier this week. A news release from the Tiffin Police Department says a man held up the Heritage IGA at 479 East Market Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday night. The man walked in, demanded money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a white man with a beard, standing around six feet tall and weighing around 250 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, and gloves. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call (419)447-2323.  

Pills Seized From Fostoria Home

10/24/14 – 5:22 A.M. Prescription pills were seized from a Fostoria home Wednesday night. The Fostoria Police Department reports officers executed a search warrant at 132 Nichols Street around 11:20 p.m. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation continues.  

Ebola Watch List Now Includes Seneca County

10/124/14 – 5:17 A.M. Seneca County has been added to the list of counties with residents who may have had contact with a person diagnosed with Ebola. The Ohio Department of Health released new information on the state’s response to the disease yesterday. It shows Seneca County in a list of 15 counties with seven or fewer contacts with Amber Vinson. Vinson is a Dallas nurse who visited northeast Ohio before she was diagnosed with Ebola. However, the AP reported this week that doctors were no longer able to detect the disease in her body. 164 people in Ohio may have had contact with Vinson. Only three people are in quarantine. The rest are monitoring their temperature twice a day.

Findlay Police Investigating Wednesday Night Attack

10/24/14 – 5:03 A.M. The Findlay Police Department is investigating an alleged assault. The department reports a 44-year-old man was attacked by four unknown men in the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of what were called substantial non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were used in the attack.  

Cousin Of Convicted Murder Sentenced On Firearm Charge

10/24/14 – 4:58 A.M. The cousin of a man who was found guilty of murder in Findlay this week was sentenced on firearms charges Thursday. 23-year-old Darius Pullom was given five-years of community control sanctions. He was found to be illegally carrying a gun when he was arrested along with Montre Robinson last November. The gun was not the weapon used to kill Joe Gutierrez. Pullom had already pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Opt Out Deadline Approaching For Findlay Gas Customers

10/24/14 – 4:52 A.M. Some Findlay residents could be changing natural gas suppliers soon. If you don’t want to switch providers, you might have to do a little bit of work. Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer says some residents received letters from Constellation recently. If you got that letter and want to stay with your current provider, you need to return a form that came with it. You can also opt out by calling (800)718-1493. The people who received letters took the opt out option last year but because of a rate change they’re required to opt out again. Schmelzer says he understands it’s an inconvenience, but it’s the way it has to be done under the law. The deadline to respond to the letter is October 29.

Deadline Expires For Wood County Exotic Animal Owner

10/24/14 – 4:20 A.M. The owner of a Wood County exotic animal refuge is waiting to see if the state is going to take his animals. Kenny Hetrick from Tiger Ridge Exotics was given ten-days to voluntarily surrender his animals or they would be seized and he would be prosecuted. The deadline expired on Thursday. Hetrick is in violation of a 2012 state law that requires him to have a permit for his exotic animals.

University of Findlay Get $1.56 Million for Scholarship Endowment Fund

10/23/14     9:10 p.m. Marjorie and Mildred McGranahan were two unmarried sisters from McComb and graduates of what was then Findlay College. Now deceased, their legacies will live on in the form of a healthy scholarship endowment fund for future University of Findlay students. Audio: Rose Miller Rose Miller’s mother-in-law was a first cousin of the McGranahans. She and her husband were farmers and were close with Millie. She said anything having to do with science, agriculture and education was important to both Marj and Millie. The McGranahans managed the 500-acre family farm on their own well into their 90s. With their farm earnings, they began giving small donations to UF and formed the McGranahan-Shafer-Van Dorn scholarship endowment fund, which grew to $1.27 million. Earlier this month, UF received its final gift from the sisters, $1.56 million from their estates, which will be added to the established fund. Audio: Katherine Fell Katherine Fell, president of UF, said its impossible to imagine how many lives these sisters will touch with their endowment….

Passports Available for World of Downtown Restaurants Tour in Findlay

10/23/14     11:09 a.m. If there are restaurants in downtown Findlay you’ve been wanting to try, the seventh annual World of Downtown Restaurants tour is being held Nov. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. The self-guided tour takes you to 17 downtown restaurants where you can sample food. Audio: Tamera Rooney Tamera Rooney, communications director for United Way, said this year’s event is limited to 300 passport holders. Those passports are available for purchase at Buggy Whip Bakery, Coffee Amici or the United Way for $20. Participating restaurants: West End Tavern, Adrianna’s Riverfront Cafe, Rossilli’s, Tavern at the Inn, Greek Garden, Alexandria’s, Buggy Whip Bakery, Bistro on Main, Waldo Pepper’s, Trans Am Meatballs & Subs, We Serve. Coffee, Baker’s Cafe, Main Street Deli, Wine Merchant, Bread Kneads Downtown, Logan’s Irish Pub and Coffee Amici.

Hancock County Buys More Flood Prone Property

10/23/14 – 10:42 A.M. The Hancock County Commissioners bought more property for flood mitigation purposes today. The county will use money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy property at 800 Wedgewood Drive in Findlay. The house was appraised at $135,000. The county has been buying and demolishing flood-prone homes since 2007. The practice reduces damage from future flooding.  

Findlay Based Non-Profit Sending Medical Gloves To Africa

10/23/14 – 5:22 A.M. A Findlay High School graduate is working to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa. Nathan Thomas’ non-profit organization, All We Are, is trying to send 50,000 pairs of medical examination gloves to West Africa. The group estimates it will take $9,000 to buy the gloves and send them overseas. The All We Are website says the reason Ebola continues to spread is because healthcare workers don’t have the proper protective gear. You can get more information about the campaign at

Putnam County Residents Showing No Signs Of Ebola

10/23/14 – 5:07 A.M. No news is good news for the six Putnam County residents who are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola. The Putnam County Health Department reports that so far no one in the group who visited the same Akron bridal shop as Amber Vinson is showing symptoms of the deadly disease. Vinson is a nurse who traveled from Texas to northeast Ohio. She was recently diagnosed with Ebola. The health department will continue to check the temperatures of the Putnam County residents twice a day until November 1.