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,...

Findlay man pleads guilty to murder

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER A Findlay man pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally shooting Joe Gutierrez III on a city street in November. In a plea agreement, Ralph G. Harris III, 21, admitted to charges of murder, an unclassified felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony;...

County grand jury indicts six people on drug charges

By RYAN DUNN staff writer A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday charged a Findlay man with cocaine possession. Ronald M. Reichenbach, 41, allegedly possessed between 10 and 20 grams of the drug May 3 in Findlay. The charge is a third-degree felony. Separately, an Alger man was...

Sprague details drug battle

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER The aggressive statewide fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse is continuing with new laws, state Rep. Robert Sprague told the Findlay Rotary Club on Monday. Recently approved legislation requires doctors to consult a patient prescription...

Treatment centers turning to Suboxone

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER Those seeking opioid abuse treatment in Findlay can obtain a prescription drug designed to reduce withdrawal and cravings. But without dedicated counseling, recovery experts warn, Suboxone only goes so far. Suboxone is a thin-strip medication that is...