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Findlay Man Suspected In Series Of Robberies

11/25/2015 – 1:55 pm A Findlay man has been named as the suspect in three convenience store robberies. The Courier reports that 29-year-old Jeremy Sherbrook of Findlay is believed to be the man who robbed Som Carryout on Main St on November 8th, A Mobil Gas Station on North Main on November 9th and recently a Marathon Station this past Saturday on W. Trenton Avenue. Sherbrook has not been formally charged but remains in custody for his part in the Marathon gas station robbery. Police report that the case against Sherbook will be heard by the Hancock County grand jury in the coming weeks. More: The Courier

Safe Ride Home Offering Free Rides This Holiday Season

11/25/2015 – 8:45 am Safe Ride Home has announced its schedule for the 2015 holidays. The program provides free rides to people who are inebriated from a party or bar to their homes or hotels in Hancock County and Findlay. Safe Ride Home will be available from 9:00 pm today through 4:00 am on Thanksgiving, and will be available from December 20th through January 1st 24 hours a day, seven days a well. If you need the service you can call 419-425-3908 or download the IRideHome app by searching for it on a smartphone. Safe Ride Home is not a transport service from one party or bar to the next one.

BCI Shooting Report Says Gun In Car Belonged To Jeremy Linhart

11/25/2015 – 5:17 am The gun found in the car occupied by Jeremy Linhart when he was shot and killed by Findlay police belonged to him. The Courier reports today that Jeremy Linhart’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Katrina Taylor told state investigators that the was Linhart’s, even though he was legally barred from having a firearm. After the shooting on June 9th, a friend of Linhart’s, Vincent Fedele told the Courier that Linhart began carrying the gun after a car accident left him with a broken ankle and cast. Fedele said that Linhart was a drug dealer and used the gun for protection from others who might be using drugs. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted an independent investigation of the shooting and found that Linhart was in possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine when he was shot and killed by Findlay Police Officer Aaron Fletchner. The Hancock County Grand Jury did not charge Officer Fletchner after reviewing the investigation report. A complete account of the incident can be found in…

Fostoria Police Continue Search For Robbery Suspect

11/25/2015 – 5:15 am Fostoria police are saturating the city in an effort to apprehend the criminal responsible for five robberies in the past five weeks. The Review-Times reports that police believe the same criminal is believed to have committed all five robberies. After several incidents, the masked perpetrator has been described as a white or light-skinned male, around 180 pounds and around five foot ten. He was dressed in dark clothing for all incidents. Fostoria police encourage businesses to review their security policies and ensure their security equipment is 100 percent functional as well as to report any suspicious activity in the area of the business. Police consider the criminal to be extremely dangerous as he has injured employees at several of the robberies. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Fostoria police at 419-435-8573. More: The Review Times

Findlay Neighborhoods Selected For Tree Plantings

11/25/2015 – 5:14 am Two neighborhoods have been selected for spring tree plantings by the Findlay Shade Tree Commission. The Courier reports that the commission picked an area around Howard Street and Broad Avenue near Findlay High School and Greystone Drive and Stonehedge Drive near the Stonebridge Church as areas to include in the NeighborWoods Adopt-A-Tree Program. Both areas have lost many trees from storms and the emerald ash borer. Residents and representatives have volunteered to help organize a plan and plant trees next May. If you are interested in participating, you can contact Deb Schlachter at 419-889-0070, Bev Bucher at 419-348-8430 or the tree commission at the mayor’s office at 419-424-7137. More: The Courier

Bluffton Lights Celebration Kicks Off This Weekend

11/25/2015 – 5:11 am A parade, a variety of food, and displays of holiday lights will be featured Saturday when the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 29th Blaze of Lights Celebration. The celebration kicks off Friday, with two free showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Shannon Theater downtown, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. On Saturday, downtown activities begin at 4 p.m. with an ice sculpture demonstration on Main Street by Chad Hartson, of Ice Creations of Napoleon. Also at 4 p.m., food booths will open in the downtown, and parade units will line up on Snider Road. Groups wanting to participate in the parade can contact Junior Weihrauch at 419-365-5304. At 5 p.m., the 100-unit holiday parade will begin in the downtown. Following the parade, at about 6 p.m., entertainment will be provided by the Bluffton High School show choir; by Dancers’ Elite, a Bluffton dance studio; and by Jim Boedicker. At 7 p.m., the Ream Holiday Folk Art Display, which includes thousands of lights, will…

Pandora Council Reviews Plans On Water District

11/25/2015 – 5:08 am Members of the Pandora village council heard that plans for the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District continue despite the withdrawal of the county commissioners from the process. The Putnam County Sentinel reports during the Nov. 10 meeting, council members heard from Putnam County Commissioner John Love regarding the district. Love noted while he supported joining the district, his other commissioners voted against. The district, which would be formed under Ohio Revised Code 6119, involves a plan being developed by Poggemeyer Design Group Inc. which must be approved by the Putnam County Common Pleas Court. The district would supply water to users within the district and provides for the collection, treatment and disposal of waste water within the district. Other than the county, Pleasant Township has withdrawn as a petitioner. Those entities remaining include the villages of Ottawa, Continental, Leipsic, Dupont, and Miller City and the townships of Palmer, Ottawa, Monterey, Jackson, and Greensburg. More: The Putnam County Sentinel

North Baltimore Principal Granted Extended Leave

11/25/2015 – 5:07 am The North Baltimore school board Tuesday granted additional medical leave for its elementary principal. The Courier reports that medical leave for Powell Elementary School Principal Scott Lockwood was extended through January 7th by implementing his accumulated sick leave days. Lockwood may return to his duties when possible on a limited basis. Pam Van Mooy has been serving as interim elementary principal since August. Separately, a slate of supplemental contracts were accepted for the 2015-16 school year. More: The Courier