Public defender panel to meet Thursday

The Hancock County Public Defender Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at the law offices of Betts, Miller & Russo, 101 W. Sandusky St., Findlay.

Hancock grand jury hands up manslaughter indictment

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday handed up an involuntary manslaughter indictment following a woman’s fatal overdose. Randall E. Rice, 49, now of Fostoria, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs, felonies...

Talks between Hancock County, deputies stalled

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Talks between Hancock County and the union representing sheriff’s deputies are at a standstill. About 35 members of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association have been working without a contract since March 8, according to a fact-finding...

Park district board OKs insurance plans

The Hancock Park District commissioners on Tuesday approved paying 11 percent more for medical insurance for employees, but the park board saved on dental insurance, which allowed the addition of vision coverage. The park district will pay about $9,561 annually for medical...

Real estate bills due on Friday

Hancock County real estate tax bills are due Friday. Payments may be made at the treasurer’s office in the courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For those paying by check, there is a drop box at the courthouse entrance. Also, taxes may be paid at lending institutions....

Taylor touting Ohio job growth

  By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor trumpeted Ohio’s reduced unemployment rate and Gov. John Kasich’s support of small business while lunching with 14 Republicans Tuesday at Wilson’s Sandwich Shop in Findlay. The Republican Kasich-Taylor...

Hartman pursues insanity plea in murder case

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A Findlay man who is accused of murdering his infant son has been found to suffer from a sleep disorder, and wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his attorney said Tuesday. Jerrod Hartman, 25, has been charged with an...

NB hires new administrator

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday hired a new village administrator. Donna Dettling will fill the role starting Aug. 11 with an annual salary of $70,000. Dettling, now the village manager of Dexter, Mich., will replace Kathy...

VB decision expected on ballot issue

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER VAN BUREN — A decision will likely come Thursday on whether a version of Van Buren’s $29.3 million school construction levy will reappear on the ballot this year. With an Aug. 6 deadline for submitting ballot issues to the board of elections,...

Daniel ‘Zeke’ Zernhel

June 19, 1955 — June 18, 2014 DESHLER — Daniel Ralph “Zeke” Zernhel, 58, of Deshler, Ohio died Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was born June 19, 1955 in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Herman Dan and Betty (Sager) Zernhel. On June 28, 1985 he married Colleen...