First flower competition held

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Excelling at the Hancock County Fair’s flower competitions requires more than a green thumb. Those perfectly blooming plants stem from impeccable timing, careful handling, and a little bit of luck before they are closely inspected by judges....

City files appeal of arbitrator’s ruling on Hill firing

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER An arbitrator overreached his authority in reinstating a fired Findlay police sergeant, the city of Findlay is arguing in court. A motion filed last week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court detailed the city’s request to keep Dave Hill from...

Man sentenced for burglary

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The first of four men to be sentenced for the armed burglary of a Findlay residence received a three-year prison term Thursday. Nicholas A. Rarey, 22, of Findlay, previously pleaded guilty to burglarizing 1000 Crystal Meadows Court when the residents...

Lawsuit filed over fatal accident

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 has been filed against a former Ottawa councilman. On June 6, Alan J. Ducey collided head-on with another vehicle after he drove left of center on Ohio 65 to avoid hitting stopped traffic, according to...

Man indicted after large heroin seizure

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A Detroit man has been indicted following a heroin seizure that the State Highway Patrol is calling its largest in Hancock County in years. Christopher D. Triplett, 42, was found with 2 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $136,000, during a Sunday...

Officials adopt plan to handle mass shooting

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER First responders across Hancock County knew from their training how to effectively respond to a mass shooter. But until recently, they were far less certain what their peers in other agencies would do. “We do realize the problem is bigger than any...

Putnam grand jury indicts nine people

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer Three Putnam County residents charged with domestic violence were among those indicted by a county grand jury this week. Mark R. Deel, 33, of Continental, was indicted on charges of assault and possessing a weapon July 11 on Road 22, Continental. Deel...

County appeals judge’s ruling on drug search

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The pungent smell of marijuana wafting from Trenton Shuttlesworth’s Kia sedan, state troopers testified, led to the discovery of more than 1,000 painkillers on Interstate 75 late last year. The only problem is there was no marijuana in the car. The...

Judge Walker praised for his legal intellect

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Judge Robert D. Walker offered more than a sentence to Findlay Municipal Court defendants most in need of direction. Walker asked “lost souls” facing misdemeanors and lacking job prospects to speak with the assistant prosecutor, Dan Snyder,...

Dead or alive? Judge, agency disagree

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer A Hancock County judge ruled last year that Donald Miller Jr. was legally dead, even as Miller stood in front of the judge. But the Social Security Administration believes Miller is alive, and is demanding his two daughters return more than $47,000 in...