Democratic candidates make local appearance

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Two Ohio Democrats hoping to unseat incumbents outlined their campaigns on Thursday for area voters. Judge John O’Donnell described his run for the Ohio Supreme Court as a push to increase judicial independence. Congressional candidate Bob Fry...

Ohio Supreme Court hears about 100 cases annually

By RYAN DUNN staff writer The Ohio Supreme Court reviews about 1,600 requests for rulings each year. The justices agree to hear about 100 of those appeals. Justice Judi French on Tuesday told Findlay Rotary Club members about the court’s inner workings and how it chooses...

Mount Cory man indicted on multiple felony charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Mount Cory resident on a myriad of charges, including possessing drugs and a homemade explosive device. According to the indictments, John T. Miles III, 28, allegedly committed the following offenses on...

New speed limit has little impact

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The first year of 70 mph speed limits on regional stretches of Interstate 75 brought an uptick in crashes, but officials attribute the rise to a brutally harsh winter rather than higher speeds. On July 1 last year, Ohio raised its speed limit by 5 mph...

Cygnet man sentenced for letter threats

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN — An anonymous letter writer who called himself “The Olde Bastard” threatened in September to blow up North Baltimore Schools. He mailed a similar note to village police a few days later. That second letter carried the...

L-B’s legal bills climb in fight over firing

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Liberty-Benton School District has paid nearly $70,000 in legal bills during its effort to fire teacher Mark Badertscher, and the case is not over. A Hancock County judge last month reinstated Badertscher, ruling the school board failed to prove it had...

Parole board not releasing Cooper

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer The Ohio Parole Board in Columbus this week chose not to free a man who murdered a Findlay infant 35 years ago. Christopher Cooper, 53, will remain in the Marion Correctional Institution. His next parole hearing is scheduled for April 2019, said Hancock...

Massage parlor raid: No charges

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer No charges are expected after a high-profile federal raid of a Findlay massage parlor. FBI agents in November seized evidence from Top Relax Massage, 825 Tiffin Ave., while investigating an alleged prostitution and human trafficking ring spanning several...

Jerrod Hartman pleads insanity in murder case

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Jerrod Hartman, accused of murdering his infant son, has invoked an insanity defense. Hartman, 25, of Findlay, on Thursday pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to murder and endangering children charges. Judge...

Man gets 7 years for robbery role

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The accomplice in a Findlay robbery and shooting was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison. Derick R. Curry Jr., 25, of Findlay, apologized in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for his role in the Dec. 19 break-in at 222 Prospect Ave. He...