Robinson gets 22-year term for role in murder

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Joe Gutierrez III’s mother made sure Montre Robinson knew what kind of man he took from her family. “He never left the house without hugging us and telling us how much he loved us,” Ofelia Salinas said of Gutierrez. “We will never...

Court hears arguments in L-B teacher appeal

By RYAN DUNN staff writer LIMA — Mark Badertscher’s future at Liberty-Benton School will now be decided by an appeals court. Judges with the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima on Tuesday heard arguments about the former Liberty-Benton teacher’s employment....

Police, owner differ over dog shooting

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Findlay police say a dog that was shot and killed by a department captain was acting aggressively in a city neighborhood. The dog’s owner, however, claims the animal was peacefully returning home. Capt. Sean Young was driving at about 5:15 p.m....

$11 million hotel opens doors

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A crowd of community leaders gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the opening of Findlay’s new Hilton Garden Inn. The 101-room hotel at Hancock County 300 and Interstate Drive boasts an expansive banquet and meeting room, a vast lobby and a...

Area police: No plans to buy body cameras

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Area law enforcement officials say they are not yet planning to purchase body cameras to be worn by officers. President Barack Obama this week proposed spending $75 million to help secure 50,000 cameras for patrol officers. Proponents argue the...

Grand jury indicts pair for restaurant burglary

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Two men face multiple felony charges in connection with an alleged break-in at Tony’s Restaurant. A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Kip A. Wright, 23, and Darrin E. Wright, 44, on charges of breaking and entering, possessing criminal...

County plans to open local drug court

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Hancock County Common Pleas Court will soon add a specialized drug court docket in hopes of cutting incarceration and relapse rates for low-level offenders. Those eligible to participate are diverted from the traditional court system in favor of...

Drug evidence not admissible, Lima court rules

By RYAN DUNN staff writer LIMA — An Ohio appeals court on Monday unanimously ruled that a large amount of oxycodone seized by state troopers following a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Findlay last year may not be used at the trial of a Tennessee man. A sergeant with the...

Ex-Riverdale teacher avoids jail sentence

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Former Riverdale teacher Barb Williams was sentenced on Monday to attend anger management classes for shoving a kindergarten student last spring. She avoided jail time, but was fined $250. Williams, of Mount Blanchard, pleaded no contest in Findlay...

Drug treatment centers agree on new approach

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer Leaders of area drug treatment centers on Friday announced a new, joint approach to fighting opioid abuse. A “recovery-oriented system of care,” to be used by all the centers, will begin with an initial comprehensive screening of a drug user....