County grand jury files charges against 12 people

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A pair of defendants, accused of selling cocaine in Findlay, were among those indicted by a Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday. Brittany N. Glenn, 24, of Fostoria, and Jedediah R. Morton, 26, address unknown, allegedly sold between 10 and 20 grams of...

Primate purloined, perpetrator punished

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Derek W. Mangas was caught partying with a stolen lemur. Mangas, 21, of Leipsic, was sentenced Thursday to 20 days in jail and a $500 fine for breaking into the Putnam County Fair’s exotic animal petting zoo last year and taking the...

Patrol says I-75 rerouting was smooth

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Interstate 75 drivers had few problems last weekend as crews demolished the southern half of the U.S. 224 bridge, officials reported. When construction workers closed I-75 under the bridge, interstate travelers were diverted onto the exit and entrance...

County man indicted on four rape charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Rawson man charged with raping a young girl was among those indicted by a Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday. Four charges of rape were filed against Gary A. Martin, 55. Between Oct. 24 and December, in Union Township and Findlay, Martin allegedly...

Progress: New restaurants, retailers open

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Rhonda Moor is whipping up “comfort food with flair” for one of the area’s adventurous new restaurants. The Mustard Seed Cafe, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton, has served “foodie” meals from an old railroad depot since March. Moor...

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...