Gilboa man gets 28 years for sex crimes with minors

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Gary Badertscher will likely serve the rest of his life in prison after again being convicted of committing sex crimes involving minors. Badertscher, 53, of Gilboa, was sentenced Tuesday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court to 28 years of...

Law didn’t shrink Ohio prison population

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer The size of Ohio’s prison population so concerned Gov. John Kasich in June 2011 he evoked God and President Harry Truman in his call for action. Nearly 50,600 inmates were swelling the state’s 31 prisons. They lived in buildings intended for...

Democratic candidates make local appearance

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Two Ohio Democrats hoping to unseat incumbents outlined their campaigns on Thursday for area voters. Judge John O’Donnell described his run for the Ohio Supreme Court as a push to increase judicial independence. Congressional candidate Bob Fry...

Ohio Supreme Court hears about 100 cases annually

By RYAN DUNN staff writer The Ohio Supreme Court reviews about 1,600 requests for rulings each year. The justices agree to hear about 100 of those appeals. Justice Judi French on Tuesday told Findlay Rotary Club members about the court’s inner workings and how it chooses...

Mount Cory man indicted on multiple felony charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Mount Cory resident on a myriad of charges, including possessing drugs and a homemade explosive device. According to the indictments, John T. Miles III, 28, allegedly committed the following offenses on...

New speed limit has little impact

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The first year of 70 mph speed limits on regional stretches of Interstate 75 brought an uptick in crashes, but officials attribute the rise to a brutally harsh winter rather than higher speeds. On July 1 last year, Ohio raised its speed limit by 5 mph...

Cygnet man sentenced for letter threats

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN — An anonymous letter writer who called himself “The Olde Bastard” threatened in September to blow up North Baltimore Schools. He mailed a similar note to village police a few days later. That second letter carried the...

L-B’s legal bills climb in fight over firing

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Liberty-Benton School District has paid nearly $70,000 in legal bills during its effort to fire teacher Mark Badertscher, and the case is not over. A Hancock County judge last month reinstated Badertscher, ruling the school board failed to prove it had...

Parole board not releasing Cooper

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer The Ohio Parole Board in Columbus this week chose not to free a man who murdered a Findlay infant 35 years ago. Christopher Cooper, 53, will remain in the Marion Correctional Institution. His next parole hearing is scheduled for April 2019, said Hancock...

Massage parlor raid: No charges

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer No charges are expected after a high-profile federal raid of a Findlay massage parlor. FBI agents in November seized evidence from Top Relax Massage, 825 Tiffin Ave., while investigating an alleged prostitution and human trafficking ring spanning several...