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...

Robinson takes stand in murder trial

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Montre O. Robinson took the witness stand on Tuesday to refute prosecutors’ claim he is culpable for Joe Gutierrez III’s homicide. The sixth day of Robinson’s murder trial in Hancock County Common Pleas Court featured his first public...

Detective testifies at murder trial

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Montre O. Robinson told investigators he was unsure who killed Joe Gutierrez III, and did not know the driver who then sped away after the shooting, the homicide’s lead detective testified on Monday. Robinson also declined to answer why shell...

Gunman testifies at murder trial

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer The man who shot and killed Joe Gutierrez III testified Friday that he armed himself that night shortly after an unidentified man assaulted him. Prosecutors called shooter Ralph Harris III to testify during the murder trial of his co-defendant, Montre...

Putnam County agency seeks funding increase

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer OTTAWA — A Putnam County treatment agency is returning to voters with an increased levy request. The Putnam County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Board is asking voters to renew a five-year, 0.3-mill levy on Nov. 4, and to...

Murder victim’s wife recounts shooting

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Just hours before he was shot to death in Findlay, Joe Gutierrez III may have assaulted a man in an effort to obtain money or crack cocaine, his wife testified Thursday. Angela Gutierrez testified during the third day of Montre Robinson’s murder...

Prosecution outlines murder case against Montre Robinson

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Montre Robinson urged a friend to pick up a gun and retaliate for an assault, leading to the murder of Joe Gutierrez III last year in Findlay, prosecutors told a jury on Wednesday. Robinson, 21, of Findlay, returned to Hancock County Common Pleas Court...

Jury seated to hear Findlay murder case

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A nine-woman, three-man jury was selected Tuesday to decide the Montre Robinson murder trial, after several hours of attorney interviews. Robinson, 21, of Findlay, faces a charge of murder in the Nov. 8 shooting death of Joe Gutierrez III. The...

L-B makes case for upholding teacher’s firing

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Attorneys for the Liberty-Benton School District argued this week that former teacher Mark Badertscher should remain fired for failing to control his unsafe and chaotic classroom. Badertscher’s fight for reinstatement continues more than two years...

Sexual assault case: UF followed rules

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The University of Findlay followed new federal requirements in responding to a report of sexual assault on campus, a school official said. A female student told school officials last week that she had been sexually assaulted. After a university...