County appeals judge’s ruling on drug search

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The pungent smell of marijuana wafting from Trenton Shuttlesworth’s Kia sedan, state troopers testified, led to the discovery of more than 1,000 painkillers on Interstate 75 late last year. The only problem is there was no marijuana in the car. The...

Judge Walker praised for his legal intellect

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Judge Robert D. Walker offered more than a sentence to Findlay Municipal Court defendants most in need of direction. Walker asked “lost souls” facing misdemeanors and lacking job prospects to speak with the assistant prosecutor, Dan Snyder,...

Dead or alive? Judge, agency disagree

By RYAN DUNN Staff Writer A Hancock County judge ruled last year that Donald Miller Jr. was legally dead, even as Miller stood in front of the judge. But the Social Security Administration believes Miller is alive, and is demanding his two daughters return more than $47,000 in...

County grand jury indicts 10 people

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Findlay man charged with aggravated burglary was among 10 people indicted Tuesday by a Hancock County grand jury. John E. Orahood, 41, was charged with trespassing to commit assault on July 29. Orahood allegedly entered 742 Davis St., Apt. 2, while the...

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...