Man indicted in theft from Findlay loan business

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER A man accused of robbing the First American Loans office in Findlay was indicted this week by a Hancock County grand jury. Rodger L. Rader, 34, address unknown, was indicted on a charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony. Police said Rader entered...

Houdeshell convicted of killing child

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER After less than five hours of deliberation, a Hancock County jury found Brent Houdeshell, the 29-year-old Arlington man accused of killing a 2-year-old child, guilty on all counts Wednesday. The charges include murder, an unclassified felony; child...

Medical examiners disagree at murder trial

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER Two medical examiners offered opposing views Tuesday during the murder trial of Brent Houdeshell, an Arlington man accused of killing 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell in March 2016. The only witness called by the defense, Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic...

Murder trial resumes Tuesday

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER Jurors in a Findlay murder trial are having a long weekend. The trial will resume Tuesday. Prosecutors had been expected to rest their case Friday, but did not do so in the trial of Brent Houdeshell, 29, of Arlington, who is accused of killing a...

Doctors testify at Houdeshell murder trial

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER A doctor who specializes in child abuse pediatrics testified Thursday that in his professional opinion, 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell died of abuse. “I think someone grabbed him and slammed him against something hard and in the process, broke his...

Police: Murder defendant told different stories

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER An Arlington man who is accused of murdering a 2-year-old boy told different accounts of what happened to the child, a police sergeant testified Wednesday. Brent R. Houdeshell is accused of killing Breydon Ferrell, the son of Houdeshell’s...

Differing versions described in murder trial

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER Differing versions of the events that led to the death of a child were described by defense and prosecuting attorneys Tuesday during the second day of the trial of Brent Houdeshell, a 29-year-old Arlington man accused of murdering 2-year-old Breydon...

Hancock County jury picked for area man’s murder trial

By EILEEN MCCLORY STAFF WRITER A jury was selected Monday for the trial of an Arlington man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy in 2016. Brent R. Houdeshell, 29, is charged with murder, an unclassified felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; and tampering with...