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Man gets 7 years for robbery role

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The accomplice in a Findlay robbery and shooting was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison. Derick R. Curry Jr., 25, of Findlay, apologized in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for his role in the Dec. 19 break-in at 222 Prospect Ave. He...

Parole violation puts Cheri Brooks in Hancock jail

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Cheri Brooks this week began her first stay in the Hancock County jail. The woman who allowed Vera Jo Reigle to live in her Findlay home and later lied to police investigating Reigle’s murder has been jailed for violating her probation. A judge...

Putnam grand jury indicts 7

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — A Lima woman charged with burglary was among those recently indicted by a Putnam County grand jury. Mackenzie L. Basham, 20, allegedly trespassed in an occupied home at 14292 Road 7-L, Pandora, to commit theft. The charge is a...

Hancock grand jury hands up manslaughter indictment

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday handed up an involuntary manslaughter indictment following a woman’s fatal overdose. Randall E. Rice, 49, now of Fostoria, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs, felonies...

Hartman pursues insanity plea in murder case

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A Findlay man who is accused of murdering his infant son has been found to suffer from a sleep disorder, and wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his attorney said Tuesday. Jerrod Hartman, 25, has been charged with an...

Putnam County man gets life for child rape

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — A Continental man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of raping a young girl. Timothy W. Good, 53, was convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl in November 2010, and gross sexual imposition for sexual contact...

Gary Badertscher admits sex crimes involving minors

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer OTTAWA — In a plea bargain, Gary L. Badertscher has admitted six felonious sex crimes involving minors. The Gilboa man had been facing 67 charges. Badertscher, 53, admitted to three counts of endangering children, each a second-degree felony;...

Ottawa’s ex-mayor arrested in sting

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer LIMA — Ottawa’s former mayor was arrested Friday on his second charge of soliciting a prostitute. Kenneth A. Maag, 64, was cited during a sting operation at about 9:45 a.m. inside a Lima residence, according to the Allen County...

Cellphone ruling not a problem, area police say

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The U.S. Supreme Court decision preventing police officers from searching cellphones after an arrest, unless they first obtain a warrant, will likely have little impact on the area. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that people who are arrested do not...

Class to study ‘quick-fix’ remedies

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER University of Findlay students this fall will have a chance to scrutinize “quick-fix” medications pushed on television. A new elective course will analyze whether studies promoting natural remedies, such as green coffee beans and yacon syrup,...