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...

Citizens crowd into corps’ ‘closed’ press conference

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer Friday’s flood-control meeting wasn’t so private, after all. It was initially billed by the Army Corps of Engineers as a “media-only event,” but about 25 area residents crowded alongside reporters into a Hancock County...

Child rapist sentenced to 15 years to life

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Convicted child rapist John D. Saltz was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison. Hancock County Common Pleas Court jurors in October found Saltz guilty of committing statutory rape, a first-degree felony. He was convicted of engaging in a...

How much should peeping Tom pay?

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer How much money does a peeping Tom owe his victim? That question was nearly answered Friday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. A woman photographed while tanning in Findlay has sued Casey T. Miller, 28, citing his “egregious” crime. Miller,...

Court: Police need a warrant to see medical records

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Three years ago, John Clark flipped his 1975 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Findlay’s west side and sustained serious injuries. Hospital tests showed the Fostoria man’s blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit for motorists....

Former L-B teacher asks court to reinstate him

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer Former Liberty-Benton School District teacher Mark Badertscher, fired after a student was choked in his classroom, has asked an appeals court to reinstate him. The school board failed to meet its required standard in dismissing Badertscher, according to...