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The Spring Clean-up for downtown Kenton took place Saturday.

 

Jon Cross gives a thumbs up to clean-up effort

 

 

Volunteers braved the cooler temperatures and threat of rain from 9 until noon Saturday as they worked to clean-up the downtown area.

 

Window washing on the downtown buildings was a big priorty of the crew.

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Two Hardin County farms have been selected to participate in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network. 
 
Kellogg Farms and the Kurt Farm will participate in the project designed to showcase and demonstrate conservation practices to improve water quality in Lake Erie.
 
Shane Kellogg says their farm, near Forest will focus on the use of cover crops and the subsurface placement of nutrients.
 
Chris Kurt, who farms south of Dunkirk says there are a number of reasons he excited to be one of the demonstration farms in the Blanchard River watershed, "First of all, it's obvious that we've got some water quality issues here in Ohio, and the farmers are part of that. One part of that. Secondly, I'm interested from a research perspective to see which practices are working better than other practices. Is the filter strip better, is the drainage control structure better? Nutrient placement, different nutrient placements, which ones are better? I'm interested in seeing the actual water test results, because when it boils down to it, I am interested in keeping my fertilizer and my soil in the field where it is most productive and out of the water where I'm just basically letting money go down the stream."
 
The third demonstration farm selected is the Stateler Family Farm located in Hancock County, near McComb.
 
The Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network is a partnership between the Ohio Farm Bureau and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state is offering Ohioans the chance to fish for free on public waters that include Lake Erie and the Ohio River.
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the annual free fishing weekend will run from May 7-8. It's the only weekend of the year in which anyone age 16 or older can fish without a fishing license. A valid fishing license is required during other days. It's $19 a year for residents.
 
State wildlife officials stocked more than 55 million sport fish in public waters in 2015, including walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass. 
 
The state's parks are offering campers a 20 percent discount during the free fishing days. 

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Two men are facing possible drug related charges following an incident late Thursday morning.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Henry's Restaurant to investigate a report of two suspicious males.
 
Upon arrival, officers say they found the suspects were allegedly in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
 
24 year old Justin Haugh, of Bluffton, and 24 year old Aaron Baldwin, of Kenton, were listed as the suspects, and they are facing possible charges of possession of heroin, but the charges have not yet been filed.

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According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Donald P. Barth II was sentenced to a total of 3 years and five months in prison on one count of grand theft and three counts of breaking and entering. Barth must pay restitution in the amount of just over $24,700 to Kenton Iron Products.
 
The following three individuals were all placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Lindsay K. Harrison on one count of reckless homicide.
 
.Dennis R. McKinley II on one count of burglary. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.
 
.Nicholaus E. Dyer on one count each of attempted tampering with evidence and possession of heroin.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County has been supplying books to children from birth to age 5 for 10 years now.
 
One of the women responsible for getting the program started in the county, Ronnie McLane, talks about the advantage of getting a child signed up to receive books starting at birth, "It's encouraging the parents to read to the children even though the child might not even recognize pictures or what ever. They can listen to the sound of their parents voice or grandparents, whoever is reading to them, and develop a very early love of reading."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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A traffic stop on Wednesday uncovered Heroin and Drug Abuse Instruments.
 
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According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a traffic stop was conducted on South Wayne St. near Letson Ave. around 4:15pm in Kenton. A search of the vehicle uncovered Heroin and drug abuse instruments. Three individuals, who were not identified, were arrested from the vehicle and are awaiting charges. 
 
The vehicle was towed.

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A water main break was discovered in the City of Kenton early this morning.

 

The break occurred and crews began making repairs around 5:15 on South Detroit Street.

 

 

Because of that, the water was shut off to the entire city.

 

Water is gradually being restored to Kenton residents as of 2:00PM Thursday afternoon.

 

A boil water alert will then be in effect.

 

For Boil Water Advisory Frequently Asked Questions Follow This Link: http://wktn.com/pages/boil-advisory-faq

 

 

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YMCA is closed until 11;oo am

 

Childrens Laugh and Learn is closed

 

Kenton library closed until 11:00 am, no story time

 

Iron Fit Gym is closed

 

Hardin county Council on Aging is closed

 

Kenton City building closed until water is restored, KPD is on duty

 

Hardin County Municipal  Court is closed until 1:00 pm

 

Midwest Footcare closed until 1:00 pm

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On April 26, 2016, members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Marysville Division of Police and the Plain City Police Department served a search warrant at 12505 Taylor Road, Jerome Township, and arrested Ronald L. Donahue, age 71, and Randall Burchett, age 59.
 
Donahue was arrested for two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, both felonies of the 4th degree. Burchett was arrested for one count of Trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the 4th degree.
 
 
 
During the arrest and the execution of the search warrant, authorities seized, among other things, approximately 17.5 gross grams of cocaine, approximately 30 gross grams of marihuana, two handguns and a sum of US Currency believed to be drug related. Sheriff Jamie Patton stated “Ronald Donahue is no stranger to Union County and Plain City authorities. Donahue was arrested in 2005 for similar offenses, and at that time, the Union County SRT team executed the warrant and had to use a “taser” to arrest him. Knowing today that Donahue is a convicted felon and has recently been in possession of a firearm, we decided to conduct a traffic stop to possibly eliminate a stand-off situation or worse.”
 
 
Members of the Marysville Division of Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office also worked with the Columbus Division of Police, Special Weapon And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team, to arrest Lucas N. Bender, age 35, for one count of Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, a felony of the 1st degree. Marysville Division of Police Chief Floyd Golden commented “Bender was identified as the individual responsible for manufacturing the drug Dimethyltryptamine, or more commonly known as “DMT” a schedule I hallucinogenic, in the Mill Valley housing addition on April 8, 2016.  After the search warrant was executed, Lucas Bender left the Marysville area, and it wasn’t until the evening hours of April 26, 2016, that we were actually able to locate and arrest Bender with the assistance of the Columbus Police Department S.W.A.T. team.”
 
 
The undercover drug operation was conducted by the M.A.D.E. task force which is comprised of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Marysville Division of Police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. The task force has two full time drug detectives that represent the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Marysville Division of Police. The detectives worked hand in hand with the Plain City Police Department, which is an ancillary member of the task force. The Plain City Police Department had developed critical information which led to the purchase of prescription pills and cocaine from multiple drug traffickers in the Plain City area. 
 
 
As a result of the investigation, law enforcement officers from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Marysville Division of Police, the Plain City Police Department, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Adult Probation Officers received warrants for twenty-one (21) individuals that have been charged with thirty-seven different drug related offenses.
 
The individuals charged include; Ashley N. Landon – 2 counts of Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance, felonies of the 5th degree; Andy L. LeMaster aka/ “Goose” – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Amanda M. Lake – 1 count of Trafficking in Drugs and 1 count of Deception to Obtain a Dangerous Drug, felonies of 5th degree; Jerrod Keith Fisher – 1 count of Trafficking in Heroin and 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree, and 1 count of Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the 1st degree; Brian K. Salsbury – 1 count of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs and 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Craig W. McComas – 2 counts of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 4th and 5th degree; Ceaira Marie Rowe – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 3rd degree; Jonathan Paul Curtis – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Jonathan W. Hurst – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd and 4th degree; Lee David Dennis – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Tiffany M. Hines – 2 counts of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd and 4th degree; Tiffany Nicole Morgan – 2 counts of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 4th and 5th degree; Ryan Douglas Kirk – 1 count of Trafficking in drugs, a felony of the 4th degree and 1 count of Corrupting Another with Drugs, a felony of the 2nd degree; Victoria Kathern Salsbury – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; William Fordyce – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Haven Vermillion – 1 count of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree; Joshua J. Rector – 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 4th degree; Brittany Leigh Hatcher – 1 count of Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substance, a felony of the 5th degree; Tyler Maxwell Knapp – 1 count of Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the 5th degree, Kendra Jordan – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; and Teresa M. Heineman – 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd degree. 
 
 
 
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips stated “Today’s arrests are as result of law enforcement and the M.A.D.E. task force working jointly with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as, other agencies. The cases filed by the task force will be thoroughly reviewed, and will be presented at a future grand jury session for consideration of additional charges. I would expect that additional suspects and additional charges will be considered at a grand jury session, especially for those individuals who are identified as sources of supply, manufactures of illicit drugs and convicted felons who are in possession of drugs and weapons.”
 
 
 
Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton and Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden recognized that “this investigation is a first of this kind for our community and county. Although we have had drug arrests in prior years, this investigation brings to the forefront every facet of a drug investigation as represented by the arrests made today, and by the charges filed. We have individuals selling prescription drugs that included: oxycodone-suboxone-Hydrocodone-Adderall, and we have individuals who were obtaining prescription medications illegally from their prescribers, so the drugs could be sold instead of using them as prescribed by their doctor. We have individuals selling street drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, at times within a school zone or near children. We have an individual that was manufacturing drugs. We have individuals that sold drugs to their friends that have died of a drug overdose or sold drugs to their friends that have sustained serious physical harm but lived from a drug overdose.”       
 
 
 
Plain City Police Chief Dale McKee commented that “One of my goals when I was appointed Chief, less than a year ago, was to go after the known drug dealers that the Plain City Police Department has received complaints on for a long time. This goal was accomplished by working a joint drug investigation with the M.A.D.E. task force while being in communication with the Madison County Drug Task force. We have been involved and witnessed this joint drug investigation involving multiple jurisdictions and counties which was developed from citizen complaints to the actual arrest of the drug trafficker. It’s impressive what can be accomplished between agencies when they have the opportunity to work together for the better good of a community. With our village being located on the county line between Madison and Union County, and knowing that regardless of what county the drug traffickers are living or working in, we are committed keeping our community safe and free of drugs.”

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Kenton, Ohio – Quest Federal Credit Union is proud to announce the ground breaking of its 5th branch office in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
 
 
The new office will be located at 1725 East Wyandot Avenue, Upper Sandusky. 
 
Matt Jennings, CEO of the Credit Union commented, “We look forward to serving Wyandot County with the same personal and professional service our existing members have come to expect from all of our branch locations.”
 
The new branch will be staffed with a VP of Branch Operations and a Loan Officer specializing in mortgage, agricultural, and consumer lending. In addition, two highly trained Member Service Representatives will be employed full time. Quest will offer a full line of personal and agricultural financial products and services to fit the needs of all Wyandot County residents. It is expected to open for business in the fall of 2016.
 
“Quest and its Board of Directors look forward to working with local contractors, vendors, and tradespeople on this project and becoming a part of the Upper Sandusky community,” stated Board President, Richard “Dick” Wilcox.

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At least one person was injured in a mobile home fire Tuesday morning.
 
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 6:30 Tuesday morning to Lot 34 of Westview Estates.
 
The mobile home, which was occupied by the family of Mike Amweg, was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived and was listed as a total loss.
 
One person, who's name was not released, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
 
No other information is available at this time, as investigators remain on the scene trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
 
No other information available at this time, as investigators remained on the scene all day yesterday trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

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A barn on County 115 was damaged by fire Monday evening.
 
No information on that fire is available at this time.
 
 
 
The Belle Center Fire Department was dispatched first, and mutual assistance was provided by several fire departments, including Kenton.
 
The property is located on County Road 115 between Township Roads 180 and 119.

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Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. Safety
 
Safety Service Director Jim Hites briefly introduced two new Public Works employees, Justin Wyomic and Cody Barker. Barker's father, Donny, is also a city employee and he retires Friday, noted Hites.
 
Kenton citizen Larry Gossard then gave a presentation to council on the 7th annual Cruise In for a Cure: Ending Neurofibromatosis (NF). The event began to raise funds and awareness for the condition that affects Gossard's son, Bryce. Gossard is currently serving on a task force for the Children's Tumor Foundation, and the state of Ohio has recognized the month of May as NF Awareness Month. Council member David Beazley moved for the creation of a resolution to support the cruise-in, which was seconded by Pegg Wren and adopted unanimously. The cruise-in will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 starting at 12 noon at Simon Kenton School, 705 North Ida Street, Kenton.
 
Following Gossard's presentation, Teresa Smith, representing the Toledo Port Authority, gave a presentation about the possible formation of an Energy Special Improvement District (ESID) within the city in collaboration with the Better Buildings of Northwest Ohio program and the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority. The establishment of the ESID would allow existing businesses and companies access to low cost financing for energy efficiency upgrades. The program provides 100% financing at a fixed rate for up to 15 years to approved properties and allows for a larger geographical district than existing city limits and properties that do not have to be contiguous. Smith said that a current business owner had approached her company and had been through the initial approval for financing. Though Smith said that the city would have no financial liability through the program, Law Director Jon Schwemer explained a scenario where a business owner could default, leaving the tax liability for the newly improved structure with the city. Smith said that though that had not been previously raised as a concern, she would take it to her legal team and discuss. 
 
The council also received communication from the Kenton Tree Commission, which met on April 14. A tree will be planted at the Kenton Municipal Pool on April 29 at 11:00am to commemorate Arbor Day. International Paper is donating the tree and New Leaf Lawn & Garden Center will be planting it.  
 
Additional communication was received from the Parks & Recreation Board, which met on April 12. All applications for the pool have been received and are being reviewed. In lieu of a pool manager, three head lifeguards will take on additional responsibility with Parks & Recreation Director Emma Bushong overseeing them. Bids have been received to repaint and repair the slide, but no official final decisions have been made. The splash pad at Murray Park will also be repaired for $1,300. 
 
Committee reports were received from the Finance, MOP, Downtown Revitalization, Cemetary Board, BKP, and Kenton City Schools committees. 
 
The Finance Committee will meet next on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:30pm in council chambers. Please note the earlier time.
 
MOP met on April 12 and reviewed the salary and hourly pay charts for the city. Updates were made to the wage charts, eliminating any ranges that were not up to current minimum wage standards. The new changes will allow for employees to continue earning pay increases when and if they reach the highest pay available via city ordinance.
 
Downtown Revitalization will meet at 8am Tuesday, April 26, in the conference room at the City Building. Council member Teresa Styer also reminded council of the Downtown Cleanup, to be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9am to noon. Donuts and baked goods will be provided.
 
The Cemetary Board will meet next on Monday, May 2 at 7:00pm.
 
The BKP Board met on April 18. The board approved the use of a Quickbooks application, which will save approximately $200 per month. The board also accepted the resignation of Robert Hall.
 
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met April 18; council member Clint Sneary spoke praise of the JROTC program, which was highlighted at the meeting.
 
Under Old Business, the council approved unanimously an ordinance on 3rd reading that will allow the fire department additional funds to hire a new firefighter. A second ordinance regarding additional appropriations for the city was moved to third reading. 
 
In New Business, four pieces of legislation were moved to bypass the three reading rule and all four pieces were adopted unanimously. The ordinances were for the annexation of territory at Bales Road and State Route 31; a partnership with the county for the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (which will allow for an additional $50,000 in funds by partnering as opposed to entering the contract as separate entities); fire department transfers; and updates made to the codified ordinances for the city. A summary of the new matter is listed below:
 
432.19 Right-of-way of public safety or coroner's vehicle
432.24 Driving upon street posted as closed for repair
434.01 Implied consent
436.01 Driver's or commercial driver's license required
436.09 Display of license plates; registration; obstructions
436.14 Removal of vehicles after accidents
442.01 Definitions relating to drivers of commercial vehicles
442.03 Licensing requirements
442.04 Physical qualification to operate commercial motor vehicles
442.05 Criminal offenses
442.07 Information required of prospective drivers by employers; unauthorized driving
452.05 Willfully leaving vehicles on private or public property
452.055 Parking prohibitions on private property; private tow-away zones
474.02 Riding upon seats; carrying packages; motorcycle handle bars; helmets and glasses
606.02 Culpable mental states
606.06 Limitation on criminal prosecutions
606.07 Requirements for criminal liability; voluntary intoxication
606.10 Falsification
606.19 Dereliction of duty
606.24 Disposition of unclaimed or forfeited property held by Police Department
612.07 Open container prohibited
624.01 Definitions relating to drugs
636.08 Coercion
636.09 Nonsupport of dependents
672.01 Definitions relating to weapons and explosives
672.10 Fireworks
672.16(b) Concealed handgun licenses; possession of a revoked or suspended license; additional restrictions; posting of signs prohibiting possession
698.02(d) Penalties for misdemeanor (Correction)
 
During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites noted that the new security light has been installed on Hillcrest Lane. Hites also mentioned that the next part of the fire chief exam will be Friday, April 29; two of the three who passed the written exam will be participating (Bruce Donnelly and Assistant Chief Tim Clark.) Upon receipt of the results from the in-person interview exam, a new fire chief will be named. 
 
Police Chief Dennis Musser noted that the department received a Community Foundation grant for new body armor and a grant has been written for a fully armed K-9 unit vehicle. The results of the K-9 vehicle will be announced sometime in May. Musser also mentioned that the department received commendation from Ohio Health for the way they responded to the bomb threat at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Teams responded from as far north as Toledo and as far south as the Columbus State Highway Patrol branch. They completed a K-9 sweep of the building within 4 hours.
 
Mayor Randy Manns presented a financial estimate from the Engineer's Office to repave Harding Avenue, the street that runs in front of Kenton Senior High School, from Eliza Street to Summit Street. The estimated potential project cost is $23,613.23. The Mayor also presented a sheet of the blighted structures that had been torn down since 2014; 11 properties were demolished in 2014, 6 properties in 2015, and 3 properties thus far in 2016. He noted that another 4 residential structures are set to be demolished in 2016 through the 4th Ward Neighborhood Grant. 
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00pm in council chambers. 

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — An Arlington, Ohio man has been indicted on murder charges in the death last month of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

 

Grand Jury

 

The Findlay Courier reports that 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell, of Arlington, has been charged by an Hancock County grand jury with murder, an unclassified felony; endangering children, a second-degree  felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. 

 

Authorities say Houdeshell is suspected of killing Breydon Ferrell at a Findlay apartment March 31. Breydon was pronounced dead at a hospital not long after rescue crews responded to a call about the toddler being unresponsive.

 

The newspaper reports that police were told Breydon fell out of his crib. The Lucas County Corners Office has ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma

 

Authorities say Houdeshell and Breydon's mother were in a relationship.

 

Houdeshell will be arraigned on Wednesday, no judge has been assigned to the case.

 

 

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UPDATE 3:45PM: Missing Teenager has been found.
 
 
On April 23, 2016 the Ada Police Department took a report of a missing juvenile, Elizabeth Saracson 14-years-old, who had spent the evening with her sister in Ada, Ohio and had left her home during the night hours.
 
On Monday, April 25, 2016 the Ada Police Department in concert with the Forest Police Department and the F.B.I. were able to track Elizabeth down to a house in Indianapolis, Indiana where F.B.I. Agents were able to successfully locate her and recover her from the home.
 
As initially believed, Elizabeth did leave Ada and arrive in Indianapolis on her own accord.
 
The investigation continues as to exactly how Elizabeth was transported to Indianapolis.
 
Elizabeth is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services in Indianapolis where arraignments are being made for her transportation back to Ohio.
 

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69% of our Visitor Poll voters say they do not send and/or receive text messages while driving.

 

However, 25% said they do practice that form of distracted driving while behind the wheel.

 

The remaining 6% said they only send or receive messages while driving with the aid of a hands free device.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Franklin and Leighton Streets in Kenton.
 
 
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 86 year old Tom Parker, of Alger, was cited for a red light violation when drove east on Franklin through the intersection, and his car collided with a northbound vehicle being driven by 37 year old Courtney Jakopovic, of Kenton.
 
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio are continuing to inch up.
 
The price per gallon in Ohio rose again over the past week and was up to $2.16 per gallon in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. 
 
That's up 7 cents from last week and 21 cents from the state average a month ago.
 
But this week's mark is still about 36 cents less than what it was this time last year.
 
The national average price in Monday's survey was $2.13, compared with $2.02 a month ago. The national average price this time last year was $2.52.

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The following is work scheduled to occur in the coming week on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. For the latest in statewide construction visit www.ohgo.com. 
 
 
Allen County:
 
 
 
Interstate 75 from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, through Lima and Allen County, will have occasional lane closures throughout the year during the final year of the reconstruction of the interstate. Current impacts to traffic are as follows:
 
Traffic on I-75 in the area of Hanthorn Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction during placement of concrete on the bridge deck on Wednesday of the week, weather permitting. The restriction will be in place during daytime hours, generally from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
 
Hanthorn Road over Interstate 75 remains closed.
 
 
Traffic on I-75 north and south of the Ohio 65 interchange area continues to travel in a contraflow pattern where two southbound lanes and one northbound lane of traffic are traveling on the southbound side of the interstate, and one northbound lane is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate. Traffic will remain in this pattern until late summer.
 
 
The entrance ramp from Ohio 65 to Interstate 75 northbound remains closed. Traffic is detoured north on Ohio 65 to the Fourth Street interchange back to I-75 northbound. The ramp is expected to reopen by the end of May.
 
 
Interstate 75 from Bluelick Road to the Hancock County line, both northbound and southbound, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone at various locations for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
 
Ohio 309 at Baugh Road at the U.S. 30 entrance ramp, Delphos, is now open following a culvert repair.
 
 
 
Ohio 309, Allen and Hardin counties, will be impacted by several projects throughout the construction season as follows:
 
 
 
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Robb Avenue to Cole Street, Lima, is restricted in the eastbound direction for reconstruction of the curb and gutter, upgrade of traffic signals and resurfacing of the roadway. The continuous turn from eastbound Ohio 309 to Grand Avenue was permanently closed on March 14. Three lanes of traffic will remain open at all times throughout the duration of the project. Only one lane at a time will be taken out of service. The project will be completed in the fall. Work is being performed by Smith Paving, Norwalk.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Eastown Road to U.S. 30, including the village of Elida, will be restricted beginning early May for widening, curb and gutter installation, drainage improvements and resurfacing. Work will begin initially between East Road and Eastown Road on the south side of the roadway. Traffic during this phase, which will continue through June, will be maintained with one lane eastbound and two lanes westbound. A culvert replacement south of Ridge Road will impact traffic beginning in early May. Work is being performed by VTF Excavation LLC, Celina.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road to Ohio 235, Ada, will be closed beginning in June for 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Work will initially begin within the overlap of Ohio 235/Ohio 309. Access to area residences will be maintained, through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod.
 
 
Ohio 309 from County Road 171 just east of Kenton to the Marion County line will be restricted through the work zone for resurfacing beginning in June. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.
 
 
 
Hancock County:
 
Interstate 75 between Perrysburg and County Road 99 north of Findlay will have the following restrictions through the fall during reconstruction and widening:
 
 
 
Through November, overnight lane restrictions, generally from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and County Road 99 in Hancock County. Through December, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between U.S. 20 in Perrysburg and County Road 99 in Hancock County. 
 
 
Through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between County Road 220 and Township Road 142, is closed for bridge work over I-75. 
 
 
Ohio 103 between Ohio 698 and Arlington will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.
 
 
 
U.S. 30 westbound between New Stark and County Road 183 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone at various locations for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.
 
 
 
Hardin County:
 
 
 
Ohio 309, Allen and Hardin counties, will be impacted by several projects throughout the construction season as follows:
 
 
 
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Robb Avenue to Cole Street, Lima, is restricted in the eastbound direction for reconstruction of the curb and gutter, upgrade of traffic signals and resurfacing of the roadway. The continuous turn from eastbound Ohio 309 to Grand Avenue was permanently closed on March 14. Three lanes of traffic will remain open at all times throughout the duration of the project. Only one lane at a time will be taken out of service. The project will be completed in the fall. Work is being performed by Smith Paving, Norwalk.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Eastown Road to U.S. 30, including the village of Elida, will be restricted beginning early May for widening, curb and gutter installation, drainage improvements and resurfacing. Work will begin initially between East Road and Eastown Road on the south side of the roadway. Traffic during this phase, which will continue through June, will be maintained with one lane eastbound and two lanes westbound. A culvert replacement south of Ridge Road will impact traffic beginning in early May. Work is being performed by VTF Excavation LLC, Celina.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road to Ohio 235, Ada, will be closed beginning in June for 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Work will initially begin within the overlap of Ohio 235/Ohio 309. Access to area residences will be maintained, through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod.
 
 
Ohio 309 from County Road 171 just east of Kenton to the Marion County line will be restricted through the work zone for resurfacing beginning in June. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.
 
 
 
Wyandot County:
 
 
 
U.S. 30 westbound ramp to U.S. 23 southbound, Upper Sandusky, may be restricted at times beginning early May for a slope repair project. Work is being performed by Trucco Construction, Delaware.
 
 
 
Ohio 103 bridge over U.S. 23/Ohio 15, south of Carey, is restricted to one lane through the work zone for a bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge will close later in the summer for approximately 30 days. Work is being performed by DOT Construction Corp., Canfield.
 
 
 
Ohio 293 bridge just south of Wharton is restricted to one lane through the work zone for a bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge will close later in the summer for approximately 30 days. Work is being performed by DOT Construction Corp., Canfield.
 
 
 
Ohio 53 from U.S. 23 to the Seneca County line, Ohio 67 from Ohio 53 to Township Highway 121, and Ohio 587 from Ohio 53 to the Seneca County line is reduced to one lane through the work zone for a pavement repair and resurfacing project. Currently work is only occurring on Ohio 53. Traffic will be maintained throughout the project. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.
 
 
 
Berm work will restrict traffic to one lane through the work zone at the following locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT Wyandot County maintenance garage:
 
 
 
-Ohio 294 between Ohio 37 and U.S. 23
 
-Ohio 37 between Marseilles and Forest
 

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One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Kyle L. Conaway was sentenced to a total of four and half years in prison on one count each of felonious assault, abduction and falsification.
 
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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Drug Take Back Day for 2016 is set for tomorrow. 
 
Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said there are three locations in Hardin County tomorrow, "The Hardin Memorial Hospital parking lot of the Medical Office Building. The time will be 9-11am, and that's located at 75 Washington Boulevard here in Kenton, and we want you to enter off of Memorial Avenue and exit onto East Franklin Street. In Ada, it's at the same location we've had in the past, South Main Street and East College Avenue parking lot between Rite Aid and Northern on Main, and we want you to enter off of Main Street and exit onto College Avenue, and then in Forest, we have that location this year at City Hall located at 211 West Lima Street, and we want you to enter the City Hall parking lot  from Martin Street."
 
She talks about what kind of items will be taken, "Household generated pharmaceuticals, prescription drugs, liquid medications, household pet medications, medicated lotions and sunscreens. We can not accept, by law, business, industry, farm medications or chemicals."
 
Administrative Deputy Dennis Burns from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office said it's important to rid homes of these kind of drugs to cut down on the health risks that they create, "Particularly toddlers, teens and even other family members who perhaps come in contact with medications that are expired or even some who unfortunately think they'd like to experiment with them is some fashion, and that creates a great health hazard in that respect."

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The opening of the Kenton swimming pool is a little over one month away.
 
Parks and Recreation Director Emma Bushong said passes are on sale now, "Our opening day will be May 27th this year, and we are going to have our free swim again. We actually have pool passes on sale right now. We're selling them at the Municipal Building. we're running a deal through the end of April where you get $10 off of your season pass."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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A new Fire Chief for the City of Kenton could be in place by the end of this month or early May.
 
According to Safety Service Director Jim Hites, three firefighters, Tim Clark, Tony Hastings and Bruce Donnelly passed the written part of the exam. The three must now go for an interview with the Ohio Fire Chief's Association on April 29.
 
The association will then confer with City Administration officials as to which one did better on the interview, who will then be offered the position.

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It was an unusual find for several boys near the Scioto River in Kenton.
 
 
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the boys found two swords, two knives and a gold watch buried near the river.
 
The property was turned over to police who are trying to determine where it came found.

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The Hardin County Community Foundation will award 119 grants, five scholarships and two bequests this year.
 
The total to be awarded during the ceremony on May 19th at the Armory in Kenton is $123,541. 
 
At the Foundation's Annual meeting this week, William Hart was re-elected President, Matt Jennings was re-elected Vice President. Russ Berger will return as Treasurer and Gina Messner returns as Secretary.
 
Hart, Jennings, Keith Gensheimer, Bruce Neely, Sharon Haymond and Tim Thomas were reelected to 7 year trustee terms. 

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KENTON – The Kenton Historic Courthouse District Committee (HCD), part of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, announced the return of the EATS ON THE STREET Friday Night Food Truck Fest, set for Friday, June 24th in downtown Kenton.
 
The event will take place from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Columbus and Main streets within the Kenton Historic Courthouse District. This years event will include more food options, with 10 food trucks confirmed to-date, along with the vintage motorcycle displays, classic car show, live music, craft beer station, photo booth and the “Chairs for Hope” auction supporting Not by Choice Outreach.
 
In addition, in a joint video announcement with Rogers Nationwide Insurance Agency and posted on Kenton’s HCD Facebook page, the event will welcome Dale Earnhart Jr’s #88 NASCAR. Attendees can see the racecar in person and have a chance to win an autographed racing helmet.
 
“With warm sunny weather, we expect the Eats on the Street event to be bigger and better than last year,” said Jacqualine Fitzgerald, event creator with Historic Courthouse District Committee. “Last year was exciting to put feet on the street
to enjoy a festive time with friends, family and community members, and with less than ideal conditions, we still had over 3,000 people in downtown Kenton.”
 
For more information visit the Kenton HCD Facebook event page or to enter your vintage motorcycle or classic car, contact the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at 419-673-4131 or email Jacqualine Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@hccba.com.
 
Money raised that evening supports the Kenton Historic Courthouse District Committee and its downtown revitalization and beautification efforts.

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A 37 year old rural Kenton man is being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

Gun Sgot Wound

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a 9-1-1 call was received around 5 Monday evening alerting police about the shooting.
 
The victim, identified as Kerry Hendrickson, was taken by helicopter to St Rita's Hospital in Lima, Ohio. According to supervisor Jamie Frye his condition is listed as critical at this time.
 
A section of the Hardin Memorial Hospital parking lot was blocked for the investigation for several hours but both entrances to the hospital were open for patients.
 
No further information is available at this time.

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Kenton City Schools will not be in session during the Hardin County Fair for the 2016-2017 school year. 
 
At the Board of Education meeting Monday evening, the board voted 4-1 to adopt a schedule that would have classes beginning on August 18 and district schools not in session during the week of the fair. David Haushalter was the lone dissenting vote. Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that the disruption of classes affects the elementary students the most, as some of them are just learning school routines, but that regardless of the vote of the board the district would support students involved in 4-H, FFA, or other events at the fair. She also told the board that an informal vote was held between staff, and 60% of those voting approved the schedule that let out for fair week.
 
The board also voted to adopt the instructional hours for the new school year. Kenton Elementary School will begin at 8:00am and dismiss at 2:45pm; Kenton Middle School will begin at 8:00am and dismiss at 2:57pm; and Kenton High School will begin at 8:10am and dismiss at 3:00pm. The instructional hours are as follows:
 
Kindergarten - 1,080.25 hours
Grades 1-6 - 1,106.25
KMS and KHS - 1,150.5
 
The length of the school day will be 6.5 hours for KMS and KHS and 6.25 hours for KES.
 
The Kenton High School JROTC program gave a presentation at the beginning of the meeting. Students Nathan DalPolo, Stephanie Durbin, Alessandra Carter, and Alyssa Rostorfer spoke to the board about conferences that they have attended and training sessions that they have led with other JROTC programs in the state. Lieutenant Colonel Tom McBrayer and Master Sergeant David Clifford lead the program at Kenton, which board member David Haushalter described as "undeniably the best program in the state...I am moved." The Kenton program was applauded by the board members, who also thanked McBrayer for his dedication and work with the program. McBrayer is retiring at the end of this year.
 
The board also heard from Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, about economic development in Hardin County and the need to introduce students to manufacturing positions at the high school level and below. Cross stated "In less than 10 years, 50% of the manufacturing workforce in Hardin County will retire." He also said that current statistics show that 5,000 residents of Hardin County travel outside of the county to work, while 2,500 residents of other counties travel TO Hardin County to work. Cross said that the Chamber and Business Alliance is working on buildings and facilities strategies, encouraging teachers to develop practical instruction in addition to current classroom strategies, and relying on the Community Connectors program to help continue to encourage students to consider jobs in the manufacturing and trade industries. 
 
In addition, the board also:
 
-Heard from Treasurer Tracy Hiller that next month the board will have an updated five-year forecast;
 
-Heard from the Superintendent that a showcase will be held on May 12 at the High School for students in the Community Connectors program to demonstrate their projects, which will be attended by representatives of the Ohio Department of Education; Penczarski also explained a potential agreement with Health Partners of Western Ohio to provide comprehensive and integrated primary health care services to district students; if approved, the partnership would provide a more advanced clinic to students with a social worker, a community service person, a dentist, and a nurse practitioner at the high school; an LPN and a social worker at the middle school; and a social worker at the elementary school. The board will know in approximately 90 days if they receive the federal grant that will make the agreement possible;
 
-Heard from the Extracurricular Committee that Kenton is currently 9th in the Western Buckeye League; they are still in need of a head High School Girls Soccer Coach; and this  year will be the first year for a bowling team at Kenton;
 
-Heard from the Career Center that they are wrapping up year end; Russ Blue mentioned that he attended the annual FFA Banquet and was pleasantly surprised that over 350 people were in attendance;
 
-Heard from the Finance Committee that they will be looking to hire a new Colonel for the JROTC program and working on other hiring within the district as well; 
 
-Approved the following Personnel Items:
 
-Approved the transfer of Tomi Cheney from KES 3rd grade to KES 4th grade;
-Approved maternity leave for Katie Yankee;
-Approved a medical leave request for Alicia Risner;
-Approved Kelli Kugel and Kathy Brown as substitute cafeteria and substitute teacher, respectively;
-Approved the non-renewal of the Employee and Nonemployee supplemental contracts at the end of the 2015-2016 school year;
-Approved the following substitute positions for the 2016-2017 school year: 12 bus drivers, 5 van drivers, 15 cafeteria workers, 7 custodial workers, 26 educational assistants, and 13 secretary;
-Approved 62 substitute teachers for the 2016-2017 school year;
-Approved Matt McCullough for a limited one-year contract for Kenton High School Intervention Specialist;
-Approved Brandy Cox for a limited one-year contract for Kenton Elementary School Intervention Specialist;
-Approved Christie Lawrence for a limited one-year contract for Kenton Elementary School Intervention Specialist;
-Approved Tara Oakes for a limited one-year contract for Kenton Elementary School Intervention Specialist;
-Approved Samantha McCullough for a limited one-year contract for Kenton Online Academy teacher;
-Approved Megan Davis for a limited one-year contract for Kenton Online Academy teacher;
-Approved LTC Eric Croke for a limited one-year contract for Kenton High School JROTC Instructor;
-Approved Megan Defibaugh for Kenton Elementary School Educational Assistant pending a probationary 60 day period;
-Approved Amy Brown for Kenton Elementary School Educational Assistant pending a probationary 60 day period;
-Approved Bobbi Pees for Kenton Elementary School Educational Assistant pending a probationary 60 day period.
 
The board also approved the following revisions to Board of Education policies and bylaws:
 
New:
Policy 2460.03 Independent Educational Evaluations
Policy 6111 Internal Controls
Policy 6112 Cash Management of Grants
Policy 6114 Cost Principles - Spending Federal Funds
Policy 6116 Time and Effort Reporting
Policy 6325 Procurement - Federal Grants/Funds
Policy 6550 Travel Payment and Reimbursement
 
Revised/Replaced:
Policy 1130 Conflict of Interest
Policy 3113 Conflict of Interest
Policy 4113 Conflict of Interest
Policy 4162 Drug and Alcohol Testing of CDL License Holders
Policy 5112 Entrance Requirements
Policy 5200 Attendance
Policy 5320 Immunization
Policy 6110 Grant Funds
Policy 7300 Disposition of Real Property/Personal Property
Policy 7310 Disposition of Surplus Property
Policy 7450 Property Inventory
Policy 8500 Food Services
Policy 9270 Equivalent Education Outside the Schools (Home Schooling)
 
The board approved the following revisions to the administrative guidelines:
 
New:
AG2460.03 Independent Educational Evaluations
 
Revised/Replaced:
AG2623.02 Midyear Promotion for Third Grade Students Retained Due to Performance on English Language Arts Assessment
AG4162A Memorandum to CDL License Holders Regarding the District's Drug Testing Program
AG5111 Admission to District
AG5112 Admission to Kindergarten
AG5320 Immunization
AG8310A Public Records
AG8310E Records Retention and Disposal
AG8330 Student Records
 
Deleted:
Form 8310F4 Application for One Time Records Disposal
Form 8310F5 Schedule of Records Retention and Disposition
Form 8310F6 Certificate of Records Disposal
 
The board then dismissed into executive session to discuss employment in the district.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Board Office. 

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The Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives toured a manufacturing facility in Hardin County on Monday.
 
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger holding football
 
 
Republican Representative Cliff Rosenberger, of Clinton County, took a tour of Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada.
Rosenberger told Plant Manager Dan Riegle he wanted to see the plant that supplies footballs to the NFL and see for himself how they are made.
 
 
The Speaker was accompanied by Representative Robert Sprague, who represents Ohio's 83rd district, which includes Hardin County, as well as several local officials.
 
 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans are continuing to see a rise in gas prices as the average price is reported at more than $2 going into the workweek.
 
The price per gallon in Ohio was about $2.09 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 17 cents from the state average a month ago, although still about 34 cents below the average this time last year.
 
The national average price in Monday's survey was $2.11, compared with $1.97 a month ago. The national average price this time last year was $2.45.
 
Summer-blend gasoline that's beginning to make its way from refineries to fuel terminals is likely to lead to higher prices in some areas over the next few weeks. 

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MARION, Ohio (AP) - Fundraising efforts have begun to restore President Warren G. Harding's Ohio home and build a 15,000-square-foot presidential center at the property by 2020.
 
Plans for the $7.3 million Harding 2020 project include restoring the Press House and grounds and building a new parking lot on the property, located about 45 miles north of Columbus in Marion. The presidential center would serve as a museum and meeting space.
 
The center expects to open on the 100th anniversary of Harding's 1920 presidential election.
 
Site manager Sherry Hall says the interior and exterior of Harding's home and the Press House will mirror their appearances from 1920. 
 
Harding spoke in front of his porch during his three-month presidential bid.

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The evening started out with the introduction of the retiring officer team. During dinner, the annual year in review slideshows were played showcasing the chapters numerous activities over the past year. The Senior Slideshow was also played and the Sr.'s were thanked for their hard work and leadership. 
 
Members were recognized for their participation in Career Development Events throughout the year.
 
The State and American Degree recipients were recognized for their achievement. Kolt Buchenroth, Haylie Sheldon, Jared McNeely, Kameron Kaylor, Sarah Thomas, and Hayden Sherman will all be receiving their state degrees in May at the State convention. Morgan Bloom will be receiving her American Degree at the National Convention in November. 
 
In the special awards: Tira Lawrence was this years Honorary Degree recipient. Kody Buchenroth was recognized as the star greenhand. The Outstanding sophomore was Delaney Althauser. Jared McNeely was the Outstanding Junior and the Outstanding Senior was Hannah Heilman. She has won the outstanding award throughout all of her FFA Career. Heilman was also presented with the Outstanding Agricultural Achievement Award sponsored by Delkab. The 110% award, which is sponsored by Ag Credit, was won by Kolt Buchenroth.
 
It was also announced that the Chapter received a gold rating. This means that they are in the top 10% in the state. The chapter has only applied for this award the past three years and has been award the gold rating two of the three.
 
Then, the retiring officer team thanked their adviser, Mrs. Shalie Logan for her dedication to the chapter.
 
Finally, The New officer team was installed. They are: President Jared McNeely, Vice President Kolt Buchenroth, Secretary Mackenzie Stover, Treasurer Delaney Althauser, Reporter David Heilman, Student Adviser Buchenroth and Sentinel Chase Fleece.
 

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An aggressive Pit Bull dog was reported over the weekend in Kenton.
 
Information from the Kenton Police Department report states that an aggressive dog was in the area of the 1100 block of South Detroit St. The Pit Bull allegedly attempted to bite a women who was holding a yard sale.
 
It was determined that the dog belonged to a residence on Letson Ave. Nobody was at home at the time and the dog was found running in the middle of the street on Letson Ave. The Hardin County Dog Warden was contacted and the dog was apprehended.
 
The owner of the Pit Bull dog was issued a summons for failing to properly confine a vicious dog.

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio man has been charged with murder in the death last month of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

 

The Findlay Courier reports that 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell, of Arlington, was charged and jailed Friday on an arrest warrant. Authorities say Houdeshell is suspected of killing Breydon Ferrell at a Findlay apartment March 31. Breydon was pronounced dead at a hospital not long after rescue crews responded to a call about the toddler being unresponsive.

 

The newspaper reports that police were told Breydon fell out of his crib. A coroner has ruled the death a homicide but hasn't said how the child might have died.

 

Authorities say Houdeshell and Breydon's mother were in a relationship.

 

It's unclear whether Houdeshell has an attorney.

 

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US 68 North of Dunkirk near Township Road 20 is blocked by railroad crossing gates this Friday evening.

 

According to scanner traffic, around 10:30 pm reports of the railroad crossing gates being down and blocking traffic on US 68 North of Dunkirk were received by the Hardin County Sheriffs Office.

 

As of 10:50 pm crews are on their way to fix this issues.

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Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Joe F. Campbell was sentenced to a total of 4 years and 9 months in prison on one count each of complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to robbery.
 
The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Julie M. Bloomfield on two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine.
 
.Christopher L. Cooper on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified government facility. 
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The 2016 Drug Take Back Day will take place a week from tomorrow on Saturday April 23.
 
Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said this year there will be three locations in Hardin County, "The Hardin Memorial Hospital parking lot of the Medical Office Building. The time will be 9-11am, and that's located at 75 Washington Boulevard here in Kenton, and we want you to enter off of Memorial Avenue and exit onto East Franklin Street. In Ada, it's at the same location we've had in the past, South Main Street and East College Avenue parking lot between Rite Aid and Northern on Main, and we want you to enter off of Main Street and exit onto College Avenue, and then in Forest, we have that location this year at City Hall located at 211 West Lima Street, and we want you to enter the City Hall parking lot  from Martin Street."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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There's been a rate change for the price of a first class stamp. 
 
Normally when you hear rate change and first class stamp you automatically think increase, but in this case, the price is actually dropping by two cents.
 
Brain Long, the Supervisor of Customer Services at the Kenton Post Office, said two years ago a two cent increase was requested by the Post Office to help alleviate debt, "They gave us a temporary one that lasted two years, and the two years is up, and they decided not to renew it, so basically the rate is going to go back to the 47 cents instead of the 49 now."
 
That two cent decrease however may not last long, "The Post Office is kind of going back to the drawing board, and they're going to ask for another increase for next year and try to get it raised back up, but for the time being it's going to stay right where's it's at."

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A two vehicle non-injury accident occurred in Kenton shortly before 8 this morning
 
According to information from the scene, one vehicle was travelling South on North Main Street in Kenton when a second car pulled from Eliza Street and struck the Southbound vehicle on the passenger side. Disabling damaged occured to both vehicles and were towed from the scene. North Main was was blocked until approximately 8:30 AM for cleanup.
 
No further information at this time.

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A Kenton woman was injured in a two vehicle crash on Jacob Parrot Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 69 year old Margaret Bechtol attempted to turn left from Jacob Parrot into a driveway, and her car struck the side of a southbound vehicle being operated by 62 year old Melissa Baker, of Forest.
 
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
 
Bechtol, who was cited for failing to yield the right of way, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.

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A minor fire occurred Wednesday evening near Ada.
 
According to Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley, a small fire occurred in mobile home park on State Route 235 just of the village.
 
The Chief said the fire was out when firefighters arrived.
 
Minor damage occurred. 

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Students in FCCLA along with community EMT’s, county coroner, Hardin County Sheriff, Fender Benders, Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, and Life Flight held a mock accident for the Hardin Northern Prom Promise 2016 Yesterday afternoon.
 
Mock Accident

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Hardin County is offering the Summer Youth Employment Program this year for people between the ages of 14 and 24.
 
Application packets can be picked up at school offices or Hardin County Department of Job and Family Services, 175 West Franklin Street in Kenton. They should be returned to Job and Family Services by May 6th.
 
The number of youth served is subject to funding and work site availability.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A former police officer in northern Ohio has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl at his home. 
 
Prosecutors had asked for a 22-year sentence on Thursday for fired Lima police officer Justin Bentz. 
 
Bentz had testified at his trial that the girl lured him into having sex with her and that he thought she was 21. The judge handling the case said his claim that the girl looked older was preposterous.
 
The teen said she repeatedly told the officer, "No," and that she was afraid of him.
 
Authorities say Bentz raped the teen at his home while he was off duty and just hours after he took a continuing education class that warned it was illegal to have sex with someone underage.

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A two vehicle non-injury accident occurred Thursday morning in Kenton shortly before 8 am.

 

Accident

According to information gathered from the scene, one vehicle was travelling South on North Main Street in Kenton when a second car pulled from Eliza Street and struck the Southbound vehicle on the passenger side. Disabling damaged occured to both vehicles and were towed from the scene. North Main was was blocked until approximately 8:30 AM for cleanup.

 

Accident Thursday Morning

No further information at this time.

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WKTN is receiving reports of a structure fire in the 4,500 block of State Route 235 South of Ada.

 

Fire

 

According to scanner traffic, the fire has been extinguished and all occupants have left the structure. Ada Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

 

No further information is available at this time, tune to 95.3 WKTN Thursday for the complete details.

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A bomb threat forced officials to partially evacuate Hardin Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
 
Hardin Memorial Hospital Bomb Threat
 
 
Law enforcement officers were called to the scene after a message was received by phone that everyone in the building was "going to die", according to sources.
 
Ohio Health Hardin Memorial Hospital Marketing and Communications Manager Chris Davis said in a statement, "Hardin Memorial Hospital received a bomb threat Wednesday afternoon. Hospital officials are working with local authorities to ensure everyone's safety."
 
Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser said this morning two sweeps of the building were conducted, one with a bomb sniffing dog from the Allen County Bomb Squad. He said nothing was found and the all clear was given around 6:15 last evening.
 
Chief Musser added that they are aggressively investigating the incident.
 

 

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A local attorney has filed as an independent candidate for Hardin County Prosecutor.
 
According to information from the Hardin County Board of Elections Office, Gary Fischmann will face the incumbent Republican Prosecutor Brad Bailey in the November election.
 
In addition, two people filed as independent candidates for the January 3 Hardin County Commissioner seat. Roger Crowe and James Bostater will face Republican candidate Robert Carder in the fall election.
 
And incumbent Republican Randall Rogers will face Democratic candidate Joe Hord for the January 2 commissioner's seat. Both men were unopposed in the March Primary.
 
Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer also noted that write in candidates have until August 29 to file for the November election.

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A complaint alleging possible criminal activity against the Mt. Victory Fire Chief is being investigated.
 
According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the complaint against Charles Mowery was lodged by a board member of the Southeast Hardin-Northwest Union Joint Fire District. 
 
Mowery was put on leave after the investigation was launched early last week.
 
Sheriff Everhart said no other information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing. 

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The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion on Monday evening at the City Building. The Council moved quickly through the beginning portion of the meeting, and with no citizens requesting time to speak, moved on to communications and petitions. 
 
Council waived their right to a hearing for the transfer of Shan Express LLC to S&L Express LLC, DBA 5 Eleven Express. The business transfer and liquor license transfer will proceed accordingly. 
 
Under committee reports, Council President Joel Althauser mentioned that he had some potential concerns about the use of street grindings for a walking path on the island at France Lake. Althauser expressed concern that the grindings may wash away during a heavy storm or other inclement weather. The Parks and Recreation Board plans to address his concerns at the next meeting. Additionally, the Board has received some communications from concerned citizens about the proximity of the proposed walking path to a nest of bald eagles that have recently nested at the quarry. Emma Bushong, Parks and Recreation Director, said in a previous meeting that the committee will be sure to observe any federal regulations regarding the proximity to wildlife. It was also noted at the meeting that the Kenton City Pool accepted applications for all pool staff until March 31st, but that additional staff may still be necessary. Inquiries can be made to Emma Bushong. Opening day for the pool will be May 27. The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board will be Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30pm. 
 
MOP will have a meeting tomorrow at 1:30pm in the City Building to discuss proposed pay range adjustments for long-time employees in the current city code. 
 
Council member Michael White, speaking on behalf of the BKP Board, said that a special meeting was  held on March 31st to discuss a pay increase request. There will be a 3% raise for supervisors with the potential for pay bonuses; supervisors will then suggest a raise percentage for other employees based on yearly review. 
 
The Finance Committee met previously on April 4th to discuss the five year plans for the city and to discuss water and sewer rates. It was recommended to the city by the Rural Community Assistance Program to increase water in 2013, then increase it again by 15% the following year, then an additional increase of 3% each year thereafter. The City did raise rates in 2014 but did not follow the recommendations for the additional percentage increases. In April 2015 the Finance Committee felt favorably about a 1% increase yearly, but no action was taken at that time. No official motion to increase rates has been discussed at this time, though the committee is examining different rate scenarios that could increase revenue, which would in turn provide for additional repair work and services. It was mentioned at Monday's council meeting that shutting off water to the entire city in the event of a water main break was a potential hazard to the fire department. The committee has agreed to continue working with council to discuss adding valves in different wards of the city to prevent a total shutdown in the future. 
 
During old business, the council approved three pieces of legislation after the third reading, including city garage funds, additional appropriations backed by grants and insurance claims, and the employee handbook updates. A fourth piece of legislation moved from second to third reading and deals with the hiring of a new firefighter for the city.
 
In new business, the council voted to bypass the three-reading rule for a piece of legislation appropriating funds for the Letson Avenue street project. The appropriations will allow for right-of-way and site preparation. Three other pieces of legislation were discussed; two of them moved to second reading and the third voted to bypass the three-reading rule to grant an easement to a property owned by John T. McBrayer and Shirley L. McBrayer. A shed on the property encroaches into the Chesney Street right-of-way, but a permit for the building of the shed was issued by the city in the recent past, prompting council to grant the easement so the property may sell. 
 
During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites commended the group Love Day from ONU for helping clean the woods at Wharton Park this past Saturday. 14 students assisted Parks and Recreation Director Emma Bushong with the cleanup and cleared nearly two dump trucks full of trash from the woods. 
 
Hites also said that the fire chief test was completed on Monday, April 11, and the results of the three firefighters will be available next Tuesday. 
 
With no other discussion, the council adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00pm in council chambers. 

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The Annual YMCA Radio Day Auction was held this past Saturday.
 
The total from the sale of over 200 items during the day is $8684.
 
If you were a successful bidder, you can pick your item up until 9 tonight through Thursday or until 7 on Friday at the YMCA located at 918 West Franklin Street in Kenton. The items should be picked up as soon as possible.
 
The proceeds from the auction is used to help support Y programs. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans are seeing an average price of more than $2 per gallon for regular gas going into the workweek.
 
The price per gallon in Ohio was about $2.02 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 13 cents from the state average a month ago, but 35 cents below the average cost a year ago.
 
The national average price in Monday's survey was $2.04, compared with $2.39 a year ago.
 
Summer-blend gasoline that's beginning to make its way from refineries to fuel terminals is likely to lead to some higher prices in the next few weeks in those areas required to use it. Continued refinery maintenance and rising demand may also lead to higher prices in some areas. 

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The Village of Forest, Patterson, Kirby, and surrounding areas are without power at this time on Sunday afternoon.

 

According to information from the Village of Forest Police Department, a little after noon Sunday power was lost to Forest and surrounding areas. AEP was notified of the power outage and have crews out in the area to fix the issue as of 12:30PM. 

 

AEP is expecting power to be restored around 3pm Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN and check back here for updated information as we get it.

 

 

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The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held its annual Legislative Breakfast at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory Friday morning.
 
Bob Latta
 
Elected officials from the state and federal levels presented remarks during the breakfast Friday morning, beginning with U.S. Representative Bob Latta who said in his travels in this area, the one complaint he hears most from the private and public sectors is about federal regulations, "Believe it or not, there are 1.88 trillion dollars in federal regulations today...1.88 trillion dollars in regulations, and so everyone is pretty much drowning in trying to keep up with this stuff."
 
Cliff Hite
 
State Senator Cliff Hite said that he's been involved in legislation on sudden cardiac arrest, which he said has claimed the life of several student athletes, "We're doing testimony on that, and it's interesting because I did the Meningitis Bill, which I told about a year ago, and we're doing things to help save lives and that is phenomenal when you get to do those kind of things, and I've been right in the front of that."
 
Hite also said on Tuesday, the capital budget will be voted on in Columbus, and he said some interesting things could be in store for this area, "There are going to be a couple of things in this area that are going to be really really cool, and all I have to do is vote to make sure that it stays that way, and that's going to be an easy vote on Tuesday when we vote."
 
Robert Srague
 
State Representative Robert Sprague said he's been working hard on the drug problem plaguing the area. He said the addiction process actually starts with prescription medications, "People don't get hook on heroin. They get hooked on oxycontin, vicodin and percocet and the prescription drugs that our medical system dispenses. That's how you get hooked. Nobody wants to put a needle in their arm to get high. You become addicted to the pills and as your addiction progresses, you move to heroin because it's stronger and cheaper."
 
Jon Cross
 
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said the Legislative Breakfast was a great opportunity for member businesses to hear what's going on at the state and federal levels, "I think we have really good legislative leaders who understand that small businesses in Hardin County are fighting everyday to progress, and our legislators are to make sure that regulations and all those things are not affecting our small businesses in Hardin County, and we're trying to do everything we can to grow and prosper our business community, and so this was a great conversation for business and community leaders to meet with our civic leaders."

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One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Dustin J. Willison was sentenced to 46 days of local incarceration on one count of attempted importuning, which is a first degree misdemeanor. Willison was ordered to pay a fine of $100 plus court costs, including court appointed counsel fees. He was classified as a Tier I Sex Offender.
 
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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The Annual YMCA Radio Day Auction is set to place tomorrow on WKTN.
 
Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said lots of items will go to the highest bidder during the auction from 9-5 on Saturday,"We have close to 200 items to be auctioned off. They can be from a small item worth $10 to $15, that's usually the lowest item we have on the board, right up to some items that are worth 700 or 800 dollars, so we encourage people to right down the number 419-673-4141 and think about bidding throughout the day."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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The month of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
 
Barb Maxson, the Director of the Hardin County Department of Job and Family Services, said the goal of the month is to encourage people to be aware of potentially abused children they come in contact with. She said the child often is quite about abuse, "Children often are afraid to tell the story. They're often told not to share the story."
 
She said changes in the child's behavior is an indicator of abuse, "If you see changes in a child's behavior, that they become quite or maybe that they're not doing as well in school, this could be something that should alert you to the fact that there could be a problem and give you the opportunity to speak with that child, and if there are concerns contact this agency."
 
Maxson said abuse comes in many different forms, and is not always physical, "A lot the problems that we see are related to the families in regards to the drug involvement. That has an impact on that child, and so just because  you don't see bruises does not mean that child can not still be an abused or neglected child."
 
She said when reporting abuse, you don't have to report your name, "Anybody that wishes to remain anonymous can do so, and just because the Children's Services Unit is involved does not mean that the child will be removed from the home."
 
The goal of investigators said Maxson is to help families, "We are here to support the family in any way that we can do so. Our goal is not to take the child out of the family, and if there is a need for the child to be removed from the family, we always look to other family members to see if they can assist in taking care of that child until we are able to reunify the family. Our gaol is always reunification."
 
Maxson concludes that if you think a child is being abused contact her agency, "At 419-675-1130 to report that they believe there is a case of abuse or neglect. If the agency is not open. If it's during hours that we are closed, then they would contact local law enforcement and they would then contact the person that is our on call worker, and that report would be received and looked into."

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A Union County Grand Jury has returned a seventy count indictment against four suspects who were allegedly operating a multi-jurisdictional theft ring.
 
                                                         (l-r) Binter, Nagy and Hollyfield                                                                                                                         
 
Those indicted include:
 
.Jeremiah L. Bintner, age 34 of Marysville who was indicted for Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Breaking and Entering, Grand Theft, Theft from an Elderly Person, Vandalism, and Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity. Laura E. Honaker, age 30 of Marysville who was indicted for Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Breaking and Entering, Theft from an Elderly Person, Vandalism, and Engaging in Corrupt Activity.
 
.Stephen L. Nagy, age 32 of Columbus who was indicted for Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Breaking and Entering, Vandalism, and Engaging in Corrupt Activity.
 
.BK Baxter Hollyfield, age 39 of Newark who was indicted for Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Breaking and Entering, Grand Theft, Vandalism, and Engaging in Corrupt Activity.
 
Hollyfield and Nagy were arrested in the early morning hours of April 6th in Franklin County and turned over to Union County Deputies. Both were transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.
 
On January 13, 2016, a business located in the 8000 block of Corporate Boulevard in Jerome Township, reported that a trailer had been stolen from their property. After the initial report, there were three additional trailers reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Office by businesses in the same area.
 
The total loss as a result of these thefts was approximately $22,000.00. Sheriff Investigators learned that similar thefts involving trailers and tools had been reported to law enforcement authorities in Marysville, Columbus, Hilliard, Worthington, Powell and Delaware County with the total loss being approximately $87,000.00. With the assistance of the Columbus Police Department, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office were able to recover approximately $28,000.00 worth of stolen property. The recovered property was found at locations in the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Fairfield County, Pickaway County, Knox County, and Union County.
 
The indictments come as a result of the combined investigative efforts of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Hilliard Police Department and the Marysville Police Department and with the support of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Findlay – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving. 
 
Last year 13,261 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 39 fatal crashes. From 2014 to 2015, the number of reported distracted drivers rose 11 percent.
 
“Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the FIndlay Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”
 
Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.
 
Ohio law prohibits all cell phone usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers, as a secondary offense.
 
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity that has potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.

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A Wind Advisory for Hardin County and surrounding area will be in effect Wednesday April 6th from 11AM until 8 PM this evening.
 
Wind Advisory
 
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory due to Southwesterly winds 20 to 30 MPH with gusts 40 MPH to 50 MPH. Strongest winds expected between 2 PM and 6 PM. Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with some minor property damage in the highest gusts. High winds can make driving difficult especially for higher profile vehicles.
 
A wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecasted to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range from 46 and 57 MPH. 
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates

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The Third District Court of Appeals of Ohio upheld the sentence of a former Muncipal Court Probation Officer and Bailiff.

 

Don Castle was sentenced to a total of 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of rape last fall. Judge Scott Barrett sentenced Castle to 3 years on one count and five years on the other. He then ordered them to be consecutively. One of the incidents occurred when Castle was married to the victim. Judge Barrett said at the time that warrants the consecutive sentence because there is no relationship that is more based on trust in each other than the intimate relationship of marriage, and he found that Castle violated the sanctity of marriage.

 

In filing the appeal, one argument Castle made was that the court's argument lacks any legal support for finding that this makes the harm so great or unusual to impose consecutive sentences.

 

The Appeals Court however found that Castle failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that his sentence is contrary to law and overruled Castle's sole assignment of error. The Appeals Court then affirmed the judgement of the trial court.

 

Castle will not be eligible for early release and was classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

 

 

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A majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against a boxing gym coming to Hardin County.

 

Of those responding to the question "Would you like to see a boxing gym for youth ages 6 and up started in Hardin County?, 57% said no.

 

The remaining 43% said yes.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll

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*****UPDATE***** Water has been restored to the area***

 

 

 

A water leak between Market and Leighton Streets near Carrol is being repaired.

 

Residents in that area will have no water until repairs are completed. Water should be turned back on by noon today (4/5/16).

 

The city water department will notify WKTN when the water is restored.

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The Finance Committee met Monday evening to discuss priorities in the 5 year plan requests plus talked about water and sewer rate increases for the city of Kenton.

 

The monthly finance meeting for April opened with information from the Auditors office talking about legislation that is being created for the upcoming Kenton City Council meeting. The election expenses was more than expected by around $1950, monies for property acquisitions for the Letson Street project, and also a refund that had to be paid back for a rental at the quarry that will not be used. The legislation will be introduced to the Kenton City Council for approval.

 

Finance Committee Chair Teresa Styer continued the meeting by discussing some of the priorities in the 5 year plan requests that the administration wanted the committee to look into. On the list was the roof repairs needed on the City Building, roof of the City Garage, new carpeting in the city building, painting of the swimming pool and slide, and landscaping the city building parking lot. In reference to the roof repairs on the the two city buildings additional updated quotes are needed before moving forward on the projects. The new carpeting is needed mainly in the council chambers and the mayors office but the committee deemed this not a top priority at this time and will await for bids to be placed for the project. Swimming pool slide and lifeguard stands need to be painted to prevent rust buildup which will make it more difficult to maintain if not taken care of soon. The pool itself needs to be repainted but a specialist is needed to be consulted to see how often the pool needs to be painted and to determine the priority of this project. Council president Joel Althauser asked Safety Service Director Jim Hites if the city workers can help with the landscaping to reduce the cost of the quote to replace the landscaping around the city building. Hites says that in the past the city workers have mulched the area but the idea in the 5 year plan is to replant the landscaping so a specialist may be needed. No action was taken on the 5 year projects at this time until the additional quotes and information discussed in the meeting is brought back to the finance committee.

 

Next on the agenda was the Water and Sewer rates for the city of Kenton. Teresa Styer talked about the survey that was completed in 2013 which stated what the rate increases should be to allow for revenue to be placed in the capital replacement and emergency reserve. The recommendations from the survey was to increase the water and sewer rates by 3 percent each year starting in 2015, and Styer noted that in 2015 the rates where never increased as recommended. The water department is still operating in the black on revenue but the water distribution lines are becoming a problem in the city of Kenton and will need to be addressed soon.

 

This concern was brought forward by Council President Joel Althauser.

 

With the recent water line breaks it has increasingly become clear that valves need to be placed in certain areas and a better map of the current water lines needs to be created. Currently there are not enough valves and when a water line breaks the entire system has to be depressurized in order to fix the break.

 

Jon Schwimer talks about the need for rate increases to be prepared for future.

 

Teresa Styer reminded the committee.

 

The committee also discussed that in the future a storm water management system may be coming down the road. It was noted that many cities already have a flat rate applied to water and sewer bills for storm water management to help for future requirements that may be needed to remove rain water from the sewer system to help prevent backups at treatment facility. The EPA may require a separate dedicated system for sewer water especially when the time comes to move forward on the downtown revitalization project. It was discussed that the current treatment process plant is still valid and current but the facility needs some concrete work to help keep the plant running smoothly.  

 

 

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A second person has died from injuries suffered in a crash that also killed an 18 year old rural Kenton resident.

 

36 year old Chris Wireman, of Alger, was taken to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima following the Friday afternoon crash that claimed the life of 18 year old Sylas Daniels. Wireman, who was a passenger in the car, passed away Saturday.

 

According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Daniels was driving east on State Route 309 near Pevee Road in Allen County, when he attempted to pass traffic. His car struck a sport utility vehicle head-on. The driver of the westbound vehicle, 35 year old Crystal L. Webb, of Harrod, was transported to St. Rita's for treatment of injuries.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, April 2, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular April Meeting.  All 21 directors 11 guests were present

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

Dan Beale was sworn in as director for McDonald Township.

Bonnie McBride thanked Judi Cronley for her thank you note she received for working at the Consignment Sale and Roger Crowe introduced himself.  He is running for county commissioner in the fall and was asking for the board’s support.

 

Last month’s minutes were approved with the correction that the 4-H advisor from the Forest/Jackson 4-H club was Jim Harder, not Brian Harder.

 

Financial Reports and bills to be paid were approved.

 

Don Spar spoke about the consignment sale.  We had 1,267 items sold with 291 consignors.  Actual sales, with 1,178 items sold was $347,070.50.  There were 89 items bought back for $125,938.00.  So after consignors were paid their percent, the Society netted around $18,000.  Concern over selling small items was discussed. 

 

Craig Stump representing the Executive Committee, stated he and Howard Lyle had talked to the county commissioners about receiving a state bid for a new mower.  They approved that request.

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their March 15th meeting were discussed. A set of new doors has been installed on the Arts/Crafts Building. 

 

The list of items being requested for the ODA grant was discussed, which is mostly electrical items.  This grant is due by June.  Purchasing a new mower from Parrot Implement and trading in the old mower to them was approved.  Our final cost will be $1500.00.  Campers, Trailers, and Boats will be coming out of storage and ready for pick up on Saturday, April 9th.  A Grant for $1,000 has been received from Mid Ohio Electric for electrical upgrades to the Merchant’s Building.  The Ag. Society has received a certificate of recognition from AEP Ohio for our energy efficient project completed in 2015.   The next ground’s committee meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm.  

 

Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, stated the water lines are now in for the new camping spots.  Judi Cronley stated camping letters for current campers will be going out this month, to see who still wants to camp and if they would like to move to a 50 amp lot.  After current campers have responded, new campers will be notified. 

 

Rob Wilson, from the entertainment committee, stated Chase Bryant will be our Saturday night’s entertainment.  He is currently looking for sponsors to help with this concert.  Ticket prices for this concert will be $10 for general admission, $12 for reserved seats in the grandstand, and $15 for standing on the track or sitting in bleachers on the track.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 15th at 9am in the Secretary’s office.  The office will also be open on Saturday, April 16th  from 8am-3pm, for those who want to purchase tickets.  Tickets for general admission and track will be able to be purchased on our website at www.hardincountyfair.org starting April 15th, through the assistance of pay pal.  Demolition Derby prices were set at $6.00 for general admission, $8.00 for reserved seats and $10.00 for pit passes.  Driver’s will pay an entry fee of $38.00 and the purse will be $6,000.

 

Judi Cronley stated that all livestock superintendents should be lining up their judges for the fair and get them to her as soon as they have someone. 

 

Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated 2016 fair contracts have started to come back.  It was noted there seems to be a misconception about having to have someone sit in their fair booth that’s rented during the fair, the whole time during the day.  This is not a requirement, but the board requests that if someone is not sitting in the booth that literature is laid out for people to pick up if they so choose. 

Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated they have had election of officers and committee members have been formed.  It was noted Cheryl Sorgen has resigned from helping the Jr. Fair board.  The Jr. Fair Board’s next meeting is Monday, April 25th. 

 

Bob McBride stated that Dennis Burns will be the Hour of Inspiration speaker.  Bob also discussed Senior Citizen’s Day, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 of the fair.  The Hardin Council on Aging will be offering $1,000 worth of $6.00 meal vouchers, Hempy Water will be supplying bottled water and Blanchard Place will be offering donuts and coffee while seniors are picking up their meal vouchers. 

 

Janie Seiler noted the Arts/Crafts Open Class Department is still in need of volunteers to help during the fair.

 

Under old business:  There are 10 people attending the Dist. 1 & 2 meeting on Saturday, April 9th in Findlay.  Judi Cronley emailed the 1st quarter newsletter this month and if you didn’t receive one and want one, please let Judi know.  The fair book will be submitted to the Kenton Times this month.

 

Under new business: The advertising committee will be meeting on Wednesday, April 13th at 11am in the fair office. 

 

The Hardin County Fairgrounds is the drop off site for the city wide spring cleanup from April 18th-21st.  The board approved to give 2 tickets to the Chase Bryant concert, to the Hardin County YMCA for the Annual Radio Day Auction. 

 

The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's average price for regular gas going into the workweek is up slightly from the state's average this time last month.

 

The price per gallon in Ohio was about $1.98 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 7 cents from the state average of around $1.91 a month ago, but 30 cents below the average price a year ago.

 

The state average remained below the national average price of $2.06 in Monday's survey.

 

Gas prices have increased recently due partly to a decline in fuel production as refineries conduct seasonal maintenance.

 

Refineries and storage facilities also are reducing existing supplies to make room for summer-blend gasoline that's mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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A theft of several tools from a locked shed was reported Saturday afternoon in the 500 block of West North Street.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a padlock was cut and several tools including saws and other miscellaneous tools were reported missing from a shed. The suspect also got into an unlocked truck and stole a cordless drill an other car parts. A second unlocked vehicle was also entered and a set of box speakers was reported missing.

 

Kenton Police Department with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a male with a gun Saturday evening.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department Report, around 11:40 PM Saturday a report of a male with a gun in the 600 block of West Lima Street. Upon arrival two suspects were allegedly involved in the incident. Their were no injuries and Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the incident.

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A two vehicle crash on State Route 309 in Allen County Friday afternoon claimed the life of an 18 year old Kenton resident.

 

According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Sylas P. Daniels was driving east on 309 when he attempted to pass traffic near Pevee Road causing a head on collision with a westbound sport utility vehicle being operated by 35 year old Crystal L. Webb, of Harrod.

 

Daniels, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his car, 36 year old Chris Wireman, of Alger, was seriously injured and was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Webb was also transported to St. Rita's for treatment of injuries.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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Two Kenton residents were arrested this week after search warrants were served at a residence in Wyandot County.

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Special Response Team, the warrant was served at a home in the 14,000 block of State Route 53. Deputies located a large amount of prescription medication and around $20,000 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

 

32 year old Gregary Schmuck and 27 year old Jamie L. Whittaker were arrested at the scene and are being held in the Wyandot County Jail on felony drug charges.

 

On Thursday,detectives from the Wyandot and Hardin County Sheriff's Office also served a search warrant at Whittaker's residence at 220 Park Avenue in Kenton, where more prescription medication and around $24,000 in cash were recovered.

 

The search warrants were obtained following an investigation into illegal trafficking in prescription drugs in Wyandot County.

 

Assisting the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office and the METRICH Enforcement Unit with the investigation were the Ohio State Patrol, Upper Sandusky Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office, Wyandot County Special Response Team and Wyandot County EMS.

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A Wind Advisory for Hardin County and surrounding area will be in effect Friday until 7 PM this evening.
 
Wind Advisory
 
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory due a cold front moving into the area that will bring West wind 20 to 30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH. Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with some minor property damage in the highest gusts. High winds can make driving difficult especially for higher profile vehicles.
 
A wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecasted to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range from 46 and 57 MPH. 
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates

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Two females were arrested after search warrants were executed at two locations in Kenton.

 

According to a release from the Hardin County Crime Task Force, the first warrant was served Thursday night at a residence at 602 West Franklin Street resulting in the arrest of a female. Heroin, drug abuse instruments and cash were seized and removed from the residence.

 

Then early this morning, the Task Force executed a warrant at 1037 South Main Street, Apartment 3 in Kenton. A female was arrested, and heroin, cash and a vehicle were seized.

 

WKTN is working to get the names of the females arrested.

 

Both of the individuals were transported to the Multi County Correctional Facility in Marion. Charges are pending in each case.

 

The Crime Task Force was assisted by deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Officers of the Kenton Police Department; along with the Osborn Towing Company.

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Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Mitchell L. Harpel was sentenced to a total of four years and ten months in prison on one count each of attempted rape and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. Harpel was also classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

 

.Amber R. Hoy was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance continues to encourage the county to participate in a land bank program.

 

Jon Cross explains what the program is, "A program that is formed by the commissioners in the county with a governance board, and it allows us to go after state funding to help with blighted properties and blighted areas throughout the county. Basically we're trying to help our local municipalities and our villages with funding."

 

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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