Putnam County voters narrowly approve board levy

By RYAN DUNN staff writer OTTAWA — Voters on Tuesday narrowly approved an increased levy request for the Putnam County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Board. They renewed a five-year, 0.3-mill levy, plus an increase of 0.4 mill, for a total of 0.7 mill....

Sheriff’s office levy approved in Hardin

By RYAN DUNN staff writer KENTON — Hardin County voters on Tuesday renewed a sheriff’s office levy for another five years. The 1-mill levy passed by a vote of 3,998, or about 61 percent, to 2,507. The owner of a $100,000 home pays about $27 per year. The tax brought...

Hardin County Sheriff’s Office seeking 1-mill levy renewal

By RYAN DUNN staff writer KENTON — The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a renewal of its 1-mill levy on Tuesday. Renewal of the operating levy for five years would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $27 per year. The tax brought in $473,700 in 2013....

WITH VIDEO: Harris gets 20 years for Gutierrez murder

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The Findlay gunman who shot and killed Joe Gutierrez III, to retaliate for an assault, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison. Ralph G. Harris III, 21, apologized for the shooting to more than a dozen of Gutierrez’s relatives who...

Woman sentenced for robbery

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Toledo woman was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for attacking a Findlay Village Mall employee with pepper spray during a robbery. Asia D. Burwell, 19, pleaded guilty to spraying a Buckle clothing store worker on May 24 as he tried to stop...

Appeals court hears drug stop appeal

By RYAN DUNN staff writer LIMA — Three judges will consider whether a State Highway Patrol sergeant could smell marijuana after standing upwind from a Tennessee man for only a few seconds. The sergeant, who searched Trenton Shuttlesworth after a traffic stop on Interstate...

City man charged in Sink’s Flower Shop fire

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A Findlay man was indicted Tuesday on arson charges in connection with an August fire that destroyed Sink’s Flower Shop and damaged neighboring homes. Bryant D. Smith, 19, faces three counts of arson and one count of vandalism for allegedly...

Grand jury indicts 11 on felony charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 11 people, including one accused of assault with a baseball bat. The defendants: • Alic M. Dutton, 19, of Findlay, was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. On Monday in Findlay, Dutton...

Jury convicts Montre Robinson of murder

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Montre O. Robinson guilty of murder on Wednesday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Robinson, 21, of Findlay, could spend life in prison for his role in the Nov. 8 shooting death of Joe Gutierrez...

Man convicted of murder dead of apparent suicide

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The Findlay man imprisoned for killing his wife three years ago was found dead from an apparent suicide, a state prison official said Wednesday. Evan A. Donoho, 29, of Findlay, died at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday, said JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio...