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Grand jury indicts pair for restaurant burglary

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Two men face multiple felony charges in connection with an alleged break-in at Tony’s Restaurant. A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Kip A. Wright, 23, and Darrin E. Wright, 44, on charges of breaking and entering, possessing criminal...

County plans to open local drug court

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Hancock County Common Pleas Court will soon add a specialized drug court docket in hopes of cutting incarceration and relapse rates for low-level offenders. Those eligible to participate are diverted from the traditional court system in favor of...

Drug evidence not admissible, Lima court rules

By RYAN DUNN staff writer LIMA — An Ohio appeals court on Monday unanimously ruled that a large amount of oxycodone seized by state troopers following a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Findlay last year may not be used at the trial of a Tennessee man. A sergeant with the...

Ex-Riverdale teacher avoids jail sentence

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Former Riverdale teacher Barb Williams was sentenced on Monday to attend anger management classes for shoving a kindergarten student last spring. She avoided jail time, but was fined $250. Williams, of Mount Blanchard, pleaded no contest in Findlay...

Drug treatment centers agree on new approach

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer Leaders of area drug treatment centers on Friday announced a new, joint approach to fighting opioid abuse. A “recovery-oriented system of care,” to be used by all the centers, will begin with an initial comprehensive screening of a drug user....

Meth ring: Putnam County indicts 12

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer OTTAWA — A Putnam County grand jury handed up indictments this week against 12 people for their alleged involvement in a methamphetamine ring. The indictments accuse them of working together to purchase and assemble items for manufacturing meth....

Police officer’s firing upheld

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A judge has upheld the firing of a former Findlay police sergeant who placed a loaded gun in his mouth and insulted an officer during separate roll call meetings. An arbitrator who reinstated Dave Hill exceeded the union contract’s...

Murder suspect seeks to exhume body of infant

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Jerrod Hartman, the Findlay man charged with murdering his infant son, is asking a judge to allow the body to be exhumed. Hartman wants a medical expert to perform additional tests on the body of the infant, James Hartman, according to a motion filed...

UF considers campus police department

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER University of Findlay officials expect to form a campus police department by the first half of 2016. The university’s board of trustees late last month approved transitioning to a combined campus security and police department, said Matt...

‘Dead’ man’s family can keep benefits

By RYAN DUNN staff writer The Social Security Administration is relenting from its demand that two children of Hancock County’s “legally dead” man, Donald Miller Jr., repay $47,000 in death benefits they received. After the family successfully petitioned the...