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,...

Angled parking on Main Street?

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The push to make downtown Findlay more welcoming to pedestrians could mean a significant shift in street parking. One proposal discussed with the state would allow angled parking along Main Street, Tony Iriti, Findlay-Hancock County Alliance economic...

Gilboa trailer fire ruled arson

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER GILBOA — The State Fire Marshal’s Office says an arsonist started a fire that destroyed the home of a Putnam County man after he was indicted on 46 felony charges. Gary L. Badertscher was in custody when the blaze destroyed his Dutchman Travel...

Hartman murder trial date scheduled

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A trial date has been set for Jerrod Hartman, the Findlay man charged with murder in his infant son’s death. Hartman, 24, was scheduled for an Aug. 4 jury trial during a brief hearing Thursday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Hartman was...

U.S. 224 bridge project looming

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Ohio Department of Transportation officials on Thursday spelled out the details of an upcoming $10.6 million project to replace the U.S. 224 bridge over Interstate 75 in Findlay and rebuild the interchange. About 50 people who attended a forum at Owens...

Coroner: Murder victim was shot multiple times

By RYAN DUNN staff writer In a report released Monday, the Hancock County coroner ruled Joe Gutierrez III’s death last fall was a homicide. Gutierrez, 34, of Findlay, died minutes after he was shot multiple times on Nov. 8 in Findlay, according to a report from Dr. Mark...

Sheriff’s office mourning loss of police dog

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER If anyone could sense a problem with police dog Becky, it was Fred Smith. Becky started eating less, moving slower and struggling to catch her breath. The different look in her eyes suggested something was not right, said Smith, Becky’s handler for...

Two indicted after traffic stop

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury has indicted two people on drug possession charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 75. Melissa R. Chaffins, 38, of South Point, and Danielle A. Clark, 26, of Huntington, W.Va., were each charged with two second-degree...

Another suit filed in dispute between city police officers

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A former Findlay Police Department sergeant who is suing an officer for defamation must now contend with a countersuit. Dave Hill, of Van Buren, has filed a $1.5 million defamation suit in Hancock County Common Pleas Court against a female officer who...

Murder suspects facing trial dates

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Trial dates have been set for two Findlay men charged with murder in the death of Joe Gutierrez III. Ralph G. Harris III, 20, and Montre O. Robinson, 21, on Thursday returned to Hancock County Common Pleas Court for hearings in their cases. Harris is...