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...

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...