Dunkirk library seeks operating levy

By RYAN DUNN staff writer KENTON — Library officials are asking voters in northern Hardin County to approve a levy May 6 that would fund additional hours of operation and new books. The top priority is to expand hours at the Hardin Northern Public Library in Dunkirk,...

Juvenile judge challenged

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer OTTAWA — Putnam County’s prosecutor is trying to unseat the county’s probate and juvenile court judge in the May primary election. Prosecutor Gary Lammers is competing with Judge Michael Borer in the Democratic primary. The primary...

Parody helping promote judge’s campaign

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — How better to promote a judge candidate — and explain primary election voting procedures — than a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song parody? The race for Putnam County Probate and Juvenile Court judge has drawn more attention...

No arrests yet in 2013 shooting

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Seven months ago, more than two dozen motorcyclists swarmed a Hancock County clubhouse. They left swiftly after one man was wounded in a flurry of gunshots. One neighbor described the 21 gunshots as an “eruption” of gunfire. But a lack of...

Two indicted on assault charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday handed up indictments charging two Findlay residents with assault. Lawrence W. Holmes, 54, faces two second-degree felony counts of the offense. Holmes allegedly attempted to hurt a man with a wooden two-by-four on...

Appeals court: Sentence Stober again

staff writer A former Kalida High School teacher and coach must be sentenced again for his convictions for sexual offenses with students, an appeals court has ruled. The 3rd District Court of Appeals, Lima, unanimously ruled this week that a Putnam County judge did not...

Former county judge dies at 91

By RYAN DUNN staff writer The death of Richard Rinebolt, a retired Hancock County Common Pleas Court judge, on Monday marked the loss of a fair man who cared deeply for the law, friends and family said. Rinebolt had a lengthy career of public service to Findlay, Hancock County...

Juvenile court caseload falls

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Hancock County Juvenile Court last year saw another drop in cases filed, following statewide and national trends. The court’s 1,491 cases, which include delinquency, traffic, and modification of support matters, reflect a roughly 8 percent decrease...

Pepper: Expand fight against heroin

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Fighting Ohio’s heroin epidemic requires more than town hall meetings and a small drug unit, a Democratic candidate for state attorney general said Wednesday. David Pepper, of Cincinnati, detailed his proposal to curb heroin abuse during a meeting...

Winter took its toll on Findlay drivers

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The recent warmer temperatures may cap a long stretch of snowy, icy weather, and that is welcome news for area drivers. Vehicle crashes during January and February increased significantly compared to the same period last year, according to both the...