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Progress: Auto dealers report strong sales, pent-up demand

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Area automobile dealerships reported a strong 2013 and are optimistic for a successful 2014. Pent-up consumer demand for vehicles, and desire for improved amenities suggest a potential for high sales, several dealers reported. Nationally, 15.6 million...

Progress: Senior Center to evaluate needs

By RYAN DUNN staff writer The Hancock County Agency on Aging plans a year of listening, “to create the senior center for the 21st century.” The agency hired a consultant to better assess what the community needs, Executive Director Carolyn Copus said. The agency used...

Progress: Upscale, 5-story Hilton coming

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Those spending the night in Findlay will soon have the option to check in at a Hilton. Developers plan to open a Hilton Garden Inn in October at the corner of Hancock County 300 and Interstate Drive. The five-story property will boast 101 guest rooms...

Elmwood students believed involved in cancer scam

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Phil Gunder recently opened the door of his north Findlay home to a student in an Elmwood High School letter jacket. The boy spoke quickly about collecting money for a wrestling team statistician who is fighting cancer. He seemed anxious and could not...

Gilboa man faces 21 more sex charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer OTTAWA — A Gilboa man who was charged last year with 46 sex offenses, including human trafficking, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to an additional 21 counts of child pornography. Bond was continued at $100,000 for Gary L. Badertscher, 53, after his...

Harris seeks lower bond

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER One of the men charged with murder in the shooting death of Joe Gutierrez III returned to court Tuesday and requested a lower bond. Ralph G. Harris III, 21, of Findlay, appeared for a pretrial hearing in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. He remains in...

Woman indicted for stabbing

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Findlay woman who is facing a felonious assault charge was among those indicted by a Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday. Wendy L. Martinez, 45, of Findlay, was charged with a second-degree felony for allegedly stabbing a man Feb. 8 at 919 W. Lima...

Judge: Murder suspect can’t leave the state

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer Jerrod Hartman may not leave the state for business trips while his murder case is pending, a judge has ruled. Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Niemeyer this week turned down Hartman’s request to leave the region. Hartman, 24, of Findlay,...

WITH VIDEO: He lives with ‘sickening guilt’

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER ORIENT — Shane Courtney sits in prison with a hazy memory of nearly killing a stranger. “I think I need every day of this five years to get better,” Courtney says of his sentence. “And I deserve every day of this five years.” More...

People ‘want to go out and buy’

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER An economist told a Findlay audience Thursday he is “wildly optimistic” about the national economy and predicted a substantially faster rate of growth. The recovery has been slow in the years since the Great Recession, said Bob Morgan,...