Judge overturns firing of L-B teacher

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A Liberty-Benton High School teacher, fired in 2013, must be immediately reinstated and provided two years of back pay, Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson has ruled. Routson said the school board did not show “good and just...

Teacher facing new allegation

By RYAN DUNN and MAX FILBY STAFF WRITERS The parents of a second Riverdale student have alleged that teacher Barb Williams harmed their child, an attorney said Tuesday. April and Bryce Blanton, of Forest, on Saturday filed a criminal complaint with the Hancock County...

Prescription rules impacting those in need

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Jerry Williamson describes his foot pain with a surgeon’s precision. Throbbing from his debilitating gout feels as if rusty nails are piercing his foot. The pain stings like a thousand bees attacking at once, he said. “Many a night, I have...

Man sentenced for 6th drunken driving offense

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Findlay man, found guilty of driving while impaired for the sixth time, was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in prison. Stacy D. Johnson, 47, pleaded guilty in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to drunken driving on Feb. 19 near Dr. Martin Luther King...

Firearms carry march planned

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Dozens of Second Amendment supporters are expected to openly carry their firearms this afternoon during a march on Findlay’s east side. The three-mile round-trip walk along Tiffin Avenue will serve as a reminder of gun owners’ legal rights,...

Woman sent to prison for theft

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — A McComb woman will return to prison after she was convicted of stealing cash from an employer for the second time. Christine M. Wilson, 50, was sentenced Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court to serve three years in prison and pay...

Some mail damaged in postal truck fire

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER About 150 pieces of mail were damaged when an engine fire gutted a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck in Findlay. Firefighters responded to a fire that “completely destroyed” the vehicle’s engine compartment at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday...

3 face robbery charges in mall theft

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Three defendants accused of stealing from a Findlay retail store and pepper-spraying an employee were indicted Tuesday. A Hancock County grand jury handed up second-degree felony robbery indictments against Johntae M. Chatman, 24, of Findlay; Asia D....

Ada man indicted on drug charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer OTTAWA — A Putnam County grand jury has handed up several felony drug charges against an Ada man. Between January and March, Alberto Gutierrez Jr., 39, allegedly sold large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in Putnam County. Prosecutors say...

Former Findlay woman released from prison term

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A former Findlay woman involved in a notorious 1999 kidnapping case has left prison after 15 years of incarceration. Kathy M. Emmons, 34, on Wednesday returned to Hancock County Common Pleas Court, where she was granted early release after spending...