The Kenton Police Department responded to a hostage situation in Kenton Tuesday afternoon.
According to information from Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion at the scene, officers were dispatched to a residence at 501 North Oak Street and upon arrival, officers found a man acting erratically. The man took a female in the home hostage and the Hardin County Special Response Team was dispatched to the scene. Negotiations with the individual broke down and officers were forced to storm the upstairs room.
The suspect and several officers received minor injuries in the take down but no serious injuries. All were treated at the scene. The woman was not injured. No further details are available at this time, pending an investigation.
The 2014 Hardin County kicks off today with the official opening happening at one this afternoon at the gazebo.
New Fairboard Secretary Judy Cronley said gates opened up at seven this morning, "And it's Veteran's Day, which means free admission for all veterans. We had the official opening at one, and of course the highlight tonight in the grandstand is the crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show starting at 7."
The fair runs through this Sunday September 7 at the fairgrounds in Kenton.
A hit/skip accident occurred over Labor Day Weekend.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a car was eastbound on State Route 81 when it travelled off the right side of the road. The vehicle ended up striking two utility poles and a road sign before returning to the road and the driver fled the scene.
It was located later abandoned on County Road 75.
The vehicle, which was heavily damaged, is owned by Keith Jones, but the driver is still not known at this time.
Moderate damage occurred to two vehicles in a crash that occurred Sunday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 18 year old Hannah Jenkins, of Kenton, was southbound on High and attempted to cross Franklin Street when her car was struck by an eastbound vehicle being operated by 56 year old Donn Houser, also of Kenton.
There were no injuries, and Jenkins was cited for failure to yield.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.
The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots.
Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House. They said the ID requirements help safeguard Ohio's vote, though fraud cases are rare.
Voter rights groups say supporters of the proposal are going after a problem that doesn't exist.
One of the main staples each and every Friday at the Hardin County Fair is the annual Draft Horse Show. Participants come from all over Northwest Ohio to participate and watch the show each year. The Draft Horse show is an event which might never have happened had it not been for a number of individuals, including Kenneth Kearns.
Kenneth Kearns or Kenny as he is well known has been a participant of the Hardin County Fair for many years. Born October 12th 1934 in Lynn Township, Kearns learned early the hard work and value of working with draft horses. He recalls going out to the barns at around ten years of age with his father and later with his brother Joe at various places around the county.
Kearns began his involvement in the Hardin County Fair in the mid 1980’s helping in several demonstrations involving draft horses and grain threshing. In 1987, Kearns and several other individuals thought that the fair needed to showcase draft horses again. There were a number of draft horse breeders in the county, and what better place to showcase their work than the Hardin County Fair? That year, the fairboard decided to let the group try to make a show, and that first year, 27 participants entered. People were lined up all across the rails. The next year, when interest increased to 63, the rails and the bleachers were full watching the show. Kearns and many of the horsemen got together shortly afterward and formed the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, which is still in operation today, and puts on the show each year at the fair.
As a charter member of the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, Kearns takes his team of horses to many places throughout the county and beyond each year. Kearns and his team can be seen each year at the Christmas Around The Square, The Lake of Lights at Sulsberry Park, The Christmas Celebration in Ada, Kenton Kids Day, The Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District Forestry Field Day, The Belle Center Christmas Tour, The Bellefontaine Christmas Celebration, Belle Center July 4th Celebration and Memorial Day festivities and recently has been featured in Degraff and Lafayette Christmas celebrations as well.
In addition to his work at the fair, Kenny Kearns is involved in a number of community organizations. A charter member of the Rushcreek Sportsmans Club where his is regularly seen on a weekly basis helping in the clubs various activities, from the fish fry to sporting clays and hunters education. Many of the members, including Kearns serve as hunter’s education instructors at the club, which hosts several education seminars each year.
Kearns also served as an advisor for the Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies 4-H for twelve years, working with the youth of Hardin County. He also has worked with several other 4-H clubs over the years as well. Kearns served for 36 years as a trustee for Taylor Creek Township and was a member of the Hardin County Township Trustees Association.
Kearns lives on his farm with his wife Martha in Taylor Creek Township where they raise Percheron Draft Horses and Haflinger ponies. Kenny Kearns would like to thank all the sponsors and individuals who have contributed to the Draft Horse Show and the fair each year. Without their support, the fair, and the success of the show wouldn’t be possible.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying more for gasoline coming out of the long holiday weekend.
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.51 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a dime from a week ago, and it's a few cents more than last month at this time.
The Ohio average is higher than the national average, which was $3.43 on Tuesday. That's about the same as a week ago.
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged has lowest average at about $3.34 per gallon.
Analysts expect prices to stay lower if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.
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LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who died after a boat carrying nine people sank in a western Ohio lake.
A coroner says the victim was 22-year-old Joshua Keith of Bellefontaine.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says no one on the boat was wearing a life jacket when it began sinking on Indian Lake just around midnight Sunday.
State watercraft officers say crews from area fire departments were able to pull the eight people from the water. The victim's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
An Ohio Department of Natural Resources statement says eight of the nine people on the boat were rescued.
State watercraft officers say they received the call about a boat sinking on Indian Lake north of the Lakeview boat ramp around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews from area fire departments had already safely pulled the eight people from the water when state officers arrived. The state agency says the 22-year-old man's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
Officials said no additional details were immediately available. The man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.
State officials say the investigation is continuing.
A new organization to help raise funds to support the Hardin County Fair was announced at the fair this week.
The Hardin County Fair Foundation, a local non-profit foundation was formed to help raise and invest funds to support the activities and facilities of the Hardin County Fair. Paul Ralston, Fairboard director and Secretary/Treasurer of the foundation said that the purpose of the foundation is to allow others to financially support the fair.
"There has been interested for a number of years as to how we can raise funds to help improve and repair some of our buildings and facilities. There are several county fairs around that have fair foundations, for example Allen County has had a very successful fair foundation. It's a 501C3 and as a result many area businesses see a donation as a tax deduction. So we thought that would be a good idea to try here." said Ralston.
The Hardin County Fair Foundation will be operated under the Hardin County Community Foundation, which will oversee the investments, tax audits, and other financial activities. Jerry Layman serves as it's Chairman, and other members of the board of directors with Ralston are Kelly Buckenroth, Ed Elliott, Mark Light, Steve McCullough and Virginia Tice. Ralston said anyone who would like to know more information or who would like to make a donation can see the display outside the Jr. Fairboard office in the Machinery Building at the fair this week.
"We have a booth set up in the Machinery Building right by the new Jr. Fairboard Office. There will be information on the table there, and also in the Secretarys office, and any fairboard director knows how to donate so you can ask any director as well." said Ralston.
People driving out on State Route 195 near County Road 110 in the past month may have noticed something odd. There is no County Road 110.
Crews digging out the east side of County Road 110 near St. Rt. 195.
The Hardin County Highway Department has been working on improvements in County Road 110 in Lynn Township over the summer. According to Deputy County Engineer Luke Underwood, when ODOT closed part of State Route 195, that opened up a need for improvements on County Road 110. So, the county has been in the process of widening the road, moving the road, and rebuilding the road literally from the ground up.
"The job was broke into three different parts. As you get west of the dairy farm you start getting out of the muck area. So that section was called Part A, and in that section we widened it to get the road out to 21 feet wide. From the dairy farm east we did a full reconstruction because of the muck that was underneath the road. We had soil borings which determined there was muck under the road and we decided that needed to be removed. So the section from the dairy farm east to State Route 195 then, we totally removed the road and the muck that was underneath and we're hauling clay in to replace that." said Underwood.
Widening the road, moving it ten feet and digging up the road will allow for the new road to be built on highway specs, which will allow for heaver truck traffic. When completed, it will resemble State Route 195, and like many projects of this nature, Underwood said the road project has had several setbacks over the course of the summer, with many days not worked due to weather conditions.
"We have issued fourteen rain days. So factoring those in and if we don't get any more, we're looking at the excavation to be complete by September 12th so it can be paved" said Underwood.
Underwood notes that the contractors believe that the road will still be able to be open by its projected completion date of September 26th.
Kenton grad Maty Mauk threw 3 touchdown passes to lead Missouri to victory on Saturday.
Mauk completed 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards and 3 scores as the 24th-ranked Tigers opened their season with a 38-18 win over South Dakota State. Mauk hooked up twice with Darius White for first-quarter scores - once from 44 yards and another time from 39 yards - and added a 29-yard TD toss to Bud Sasser in the fourth quarter.
Mauk is one of 10 Kenton graduates currently playing college football. He will return to his home state this Saturday when Missouri heads to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets. The game kicks off at noon, and tickets can be purchased at www.utrockets.com.
The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 released the latest road construction project list.
For Hardin and Wyandot Counties:
Ohio 53 between the corporation limits of the city of Kenton and Township Road 100 will be restricted through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.
Ohio 31 from the Union County line to Ohio 292 is restricted to one lane through the work zone during pavement resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.
U.S. 23 between the city of Upper Sandusky and the village of Carey will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.
Ohio 67 in the city of Upper Sandusky is open after the completion of waterline repair.
Ohio 53/67 (8th Street/Marseilles Avenue) in the city of Upper Sandusky from High Street to Wyandot Avenue is restricted to one lane through the work zone for water line installation and pavement repair. The project is expected to continue until mid-October. Work is being performed by Park Enterprises, Marion.
Coldwater 24, Kenton 2
Bryan 18, Van Wert 14
Napoleon 49, Defiance 43
Delphos St. Johns 40, Elida 34 D-OT
Ottawa Glandorf 34, Oak Harbor 17
Marion Local 47, Shawnee 0
St. Marys 71, Sidney 21
Celina 26, Versailles 3
Wapak 28, Bellefontaine 6
Other County Scores
Ada 49, USV 14
Elgin 34, Ridgedale 0
Hardin Northern 44, Fostoria 6
Cardington 54, Riverdale 13
Carey 35, Upper Sandusky 14
Ridgemont 46, Vanlue 6
The Coldwater Cavaliers defeated Kenton 24-2 in the 2014 high school football opener Friday at Robinson Field.
Brody Hoyng rushed for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Cavaliers, who outgained the Cats 317-141. Coldwater's defense sacked Kenton quarterbacks 9 times and held the Wildcats to minus 41 yards on the ground.
Austin Phillips, who tackled Hoyng in the end zone for a safety to account for Kenton's points, was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
Kenton returns to action on Friday when it hosts Wapakoneta in its Western Buckeye League opener.
Two people were injured in a crash Thursday evening on County Road 190 east of County Road 155.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 35 year old Dennis Jacques, of Kenton, drove his vehicle left of center and continued off the road where it struck the ditch and several trees. Jacques was trapped inside the car and after being freed, he was transported by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. His injuries were described as serious but did not appear to be life threatening.
A female passenger, 36 year old Brandy Kay Smith, also of Kenton, was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.
It was determined that Jacques was driving impaired, and is facing multiple felony charges through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Keith Everhart said this morning that the crash was the result of an investigation by the Hardin County Crime Task Force and more information will be released later.
The Findlay Post was assisted at the scene by the Sheriff's Office, Kenton Police Department, BKP and Osborn's Towing.
Six people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Zachary E.H. Jackson was sentenced to a total of 50 months in
prison on two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of robbery.
.Crystal D. Gibson was sentenced to eight month in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
The following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Jenelle D. Oglesbee on one count each of trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and possession of heroin.
.Isaias Delapaz on one count of trafficking in cocaine. He must serve 45 days local incarceration.
.Darren M. Wallace on one count of trafficking in marijuana.
.Allen E. Parr was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of illegal cultivation of marijuana and illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia. On a forfeiture specification to the indictment, Parr must forfeit $1006 to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight as the Kenton Wildcats host Coldwater.
The Cavaliers are coming off another strong season. Coldwater went 13 and 2 last year and advanced to the state title game for the 5th consecutive season. The Cavs capped off their 2013 campaign by taking the Division 5 state title for the 2nd straight year and figure to field a powerful team once again this season. Senior Brody Hoyng, a standout at quarterback and defensive back who has committed to Eastern Michigan, heads a list of 12 returning starters for Coldwater.
For the 1st time since 1982, the Wildcats will be taking the field without head coach Mike Mauk, who led the Cats to 221 victories and a pair of state titles. Long-time Kenton assistant coach Brent Fackler takes over as Wildcat head coach, and he welcomes back 6 offensive starters and another 7 starters on defense from last season's regional championship team that finished 13 and 1.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will begin at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
The other Hardin County schools also kick off their 2014 seasons tonight. Ada hosts Upper Scioto Valley, Riverdale travels to Cardington, Ridgemont visits Vanlue and Hardin Northern entertains Fostoria St. Wendelin.
Labor Day Weekend means just that for crews preparing for the 2014 Hardin County Fair next week.
Hardin County Ag Society President Bob Fish said they often hear comments from people saying Hardin County has one of the best fairs in the state, "We go to a lot of different fairs too, a lot of board members, and we come back...I'm not going to say we do everything right, but we do a lot of things right, and people make comments about our fairgrounds and how we do things."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a Sobriety Check Point Friday August 29 beginning at 9pm and continuing until 2am Saturday August 30.
The Check Point will be located on State Route 117 north of Roundhead.
The Check Point coincides with the 2014 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" high visibility traffic enforcement initiative underway through September 1, covering the busy Labor Day Weekend.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, over the Labor Day Weekend, an alcohol impaired driving fatality occurs in the United States every 34 minutes, with nighttime being the worst.
Sheriff Keith Everhart pointed out that highway safety data also indicates that highly visible enforcement campaigns reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. He stated, "It is our goal to have an unmistakable presence, ready to arrest drunk drivers who put lives at risk."
Funding for the additional man hours is provided to the Sheriff's Office through a High Visibility Enforcement Grant administered by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is promoting annual cost-of-living increases for judges as a way of keeping judges on the bench and making the profession attractive to new candidates.
Maureen O'Connor says choosing a career in public service shouldn't mean being saddled with a stagnant salary, with judges now going without a raise since 2008.
O'Connor said Thursday in her annual state of the judiciary speech that modest, annual cost-of-living increases that keep pace with inflation aren't too much to ask.
O'Connor says that without competitive salaries sitting judges will move to private practice and potential judges won't ever consider the job.
Ohio law determines elected officials' pay, which can only be increased by lawmakers.
State Representative Robert Sprague hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday night.
State Rep. Robert Sprague discusses drug issues with Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judges Scott Barrett and Steven Christopher.
Representative Sprague hosted the meeting to discuss several initiatives that he was working on at the state level. The majority of the town hall was devoted to talking about the drug problem throughout the state, and specifically in Hardin County. Sprague noted that the problem is manifested in the number of drug overdoses that the county sees over the course of a given year, and that is, according to Sprague tied into the number of opiates that are prescribed each year.
"You know it filters down and it doesn't just stop with the drug overdoses. With every OD we know that there is a direct correlation between the number of people who overdose and the number of prescription opiates that are prescribed. About a decade ago in the state of Ohio we had about 80 million doses of prescription opiates that were prescribed. In 2013 we had 833 million doses prescribed. Now we have 11 1/2 [Million] people living in Ohio. So that would be about enough for all of us adults to take home an entire bottle for at least one month out of the entire year." said Sprague.
Sprague also recognized both Judge Scott Barrett and Judge Steve Christopher, who both deal with drug issues daily in the Hardin County Common Pleas Court system. Judge Barrett discussed the work his office has been doing with the Hardin County Drug Court, and Judge Christopher discussed his experiences in dealing with drug issues at a family and juvenile level.
Sprague noted that Hardin County is on the map for innovative approaches to combating drug issues throughout the state.
Benjamin Logan won a thriller Tuesday night at Liberty Hills over last years league champion Northwestern. Typically the coaches try to shotgun players off multiple holes so that the play is faster and teams may return home more quickly on school nights. With players finishing in that fashion it's hard to keep up with the action. One minute things look good, the next minute not so good.
With 5 of the 6 varsity scores reported Ben Logan trailed by a stroke. However Tanner Rader was the last to finish and although he only beat his man by a stroke his score replaced a score 3 shots higher to give the Raiders the victory 165- 166. With the win Ben Logan remains undefeated in league play at 8-0 and 27-7 overall. Individual scores for Ben Logan were Grant Ricketts 38, TJ Fink 41, Tanner Rader 43, Colin Headings 43, Mitchell Fink 46, Will Kenoyer 52.
The JV's also won their first match of the season. The Jv's were led by Connor Stewart with a 50, Jared Sater 52, Daniel Meier 57, and Justin Watkins 60.
The Raiders travel to Cherokee Hills Wednesday to take on Indian Lake in another conference match.
A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters have never visited one of Ohio's four casinos.
The results show 77% have never visited either one of the voter approved casinos, 20% have only visited one to five times, 1% have gone 6 to 10 times and 2% have visited over 10 times.
Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.
The City of Kenton is exploring options to help save funds in the overall city budget.
Kathy Frado from the State Auditors Office Ohio Performance Team spoke to the members of the Kenton City Council about the possibility of a performance audit. Frado said that the state can audit any aspect of the city government to determine if there are ways or methods to improve the performance in any department throughout the city. Frado said that audits can cover any or all departments throughout the city. The amount of work being audit determines the length of the audit, but Frado said that auditors spend around three to four months gathering data and another three months reviewing it. The state auditors office has conducted performance audits all around the state, and Frado said that savings come from suggestions in the collective bargaining agreements, but also from looking at city facilities.
"Areas such as fleet, and facilities are also huge drains. There's a lot of security issues, maintence issue. Building maintence is something that often delays costs in the short run. Preventitive maintence, but in the long run those can add up to costly issues. So we look into those areas and found a lot of savings in those types of areas as well" said Frado.
Also at the meeting, the council passed several pieces of legislation including an ordinance to purchase a tornado siren, funds for purchasing supplies for the Kenton City Pool and an agreement for the participation in the Northern Indiana/Ohio Passenger Rail Initiative.
Jon Cross, the President/CEO of the Chamber & Business Alliance also spoke to the council. Cross discussed the Chamber's strategic plan, including six goals, which are to Foster Economic Vitality, Revitalize Communities, Invest in People, Promote Agricultural Connectivity, Build Community Collaboration and Strengthen the Alliance. Cross invited anyone who had ideas or questions about the plan to contact his office.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on September 8th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
A home in Kenton was broken into sometime Monday morning
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 300 block of Robinson Avenue said she left for around 30 minutes Monday and when she returned, she said she found that her front door had been forced open.
A quantity of prescription medicines and a lap top computer were missing.
The incident is under investigation.
A camper was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, and a house fire in the afternoon is being called suspicious.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched out just before 6:30 Sunday morning to 714 North Cherry Street. Upon arrival, a fifth wheel camper was fully involved in flames.
The camper, which is owned by Keith Dewese, was valued at $15,000 and was listed as a total loss. They were on the scene for around an hour and a half.
The cause has not yet been determined.
Then around 4:15 Sunday afternoon, firefighters were dispatched to 604 Lick Street. The home is owned by Wanda Ratliff.
Firefighters observed a moderate amount of smoke in the house and found trash on fire in the kitchen and in a bedroom hallway.
Light damage occurred to the structure and around $2000 damage occurred to the contents.
The fire is considered suspicious and is under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers aren't seeing much difference in prices at the pump as the week begins.
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.42 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 2 cents from a week ago but is 11 cents cheaper than at this time last year.
The Ohio figure isn't far off the national average listed at about $3.44 on Monday.
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged the lowest average at about $3.32 per gallon, a dime cheaper than the statewide average.
Analysts have expected prices to stay lower during August if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.
Two LaRue teenagers are facing charges after attempting to elude or flee deputies Friday.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit that ended with the apprehension of the two juveniles.
The 16 and 14 year old males are facing charges of failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer by attempting to elude or flee deputies.
COLUMBUS—State Representative Robert Cole Sprague (R-Findlay) has announced that he will be hosting a town hall event on Tuesday, August 26th, in Kenton. State Representative Sprague is hoping to share the efforts that are being made to combat the addiction epidemic, discuss the economy, wind development, answer questions, and listen to suggestions from his constituents.
The town hall will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th, at Kenton Middle School (300 Oriental St., Kenton, OH 43326).
“This is an opportunity for constituents to share their thoughts and offer feedback regarding the addiction epidemic, the economy, and wind development,” Rep. Sprague said. “Everyone is invited to attend, and your feedback is incredibly valuable.”
The town hall is free and open to the public. The 83rd House District includes all of Hancock and Hardin counties, as well as northern portions of Logan County.
The Wildcats first team offense on the field
The Kenton Wildcats had an impressive scrimmage Friday night as they prepare for the start of the season August 29.
The first team Wildcats topped the first team Lexington Minutemen 29-0 at Lexington in Richland County Friday night.
The Cats first team defense shuts down Minutemen
The Cats will suit up for the regular season opener Friday August 29th as they host the Coldwater Cavaliers at Robinson Field.
WKTN will of course carry all the action all season long.
Join play by play man Chad Spencer and Color Analyst Jim Homan for the pregame show at 7:10 and kickoff at 7:30 Friday nights.
AEP Ohio officials are warning all of thier customers of a payment scam being conducted via phone in various areas of our service territory.
They continue to hear reports that customers are receiving calls threatening to shut off their power if they don't make an immediate payment over the phone with a money card. This is a scam and people are using their name illegally. The people making these calls are not from AEP Ohio.
AEP said they work hard every day to make sure all of your interactions with AEP Ohio are positive. AEP Ohio enforces strict policies regarding customer interaction. Please remember:
.AEP does not call customers to demand immediate payment.
They notify customers with delinquent accounts via their customer bill.
.They contact non-responders via a recorded phone message to ask that the person responsible for the electric service call AEP Ohio.
.If you doubt whom you are speaking to or the truth of what they are telling you, please hang up and call AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.
In addition, please know that AEP Ohio employees work in marked vehicles, wear clothes with a company logo and will gladly show you company identification when asked. Again, if you are in doubt, please verify the legitimacy of the person's employment by calling 1-800-672-2231.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following four individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Richard Harold Scott on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school or juvenile/
.Ferlin Douglas Chappell Jr. doing business as Lady Luck Skill Games on four counts of gambling.
.Curtis Edward Wrasman on one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in drugs.
.Nicholas Paige Simpson on one count of inducing panic.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
New Kenton Football Coach Brent Fackler said he's excited about the opportunity to coach the Wildcats.
Coach Fackler said he worked with former coach Mike Mauk since 1985 and enjoyed helping him build the team, but, "Now we must move on. There's going to be some changes here and there, but I feel very good about it. We have a great staff. They're great guys to be around. We have great players. It's a family type of feeling with out football team, always has been, always will be."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A Lakeview man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred just after nine Wednesday night in the 18,000 block of State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Bernard Hughes was driving south on 117 when his car struck the trailer of a commercial vehicle that was backing into a private drive at the time.
Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. His body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.
The truck was being operated by Danielle Danieu, of Hardin County. She was not injured.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Roundhead EMS as well as the Multi County Crash Investigation Team of the Hardin, Logan, Union and Champaign County Sheriff's Offices.
No citations have been issued, and the crash remains under investigation.
The Kenton Police Department has adopted a zero tolerance for dogs running at large in the city.
Chief John Vermillion said after the incidents of the last three days, people who allow their dogs to run loose will be cited for failing to confine their animals. Owners who have not purchased tags for their dogs will face additional charges.
Both Sunday and Monday, officers were forced to put down aggressive dogs.
Chief Vermillion said it has gotten to the point where people are afraid to sit on their porch or take a walk due to dogs running at large. He said the crackdown applies to all dogs, but their are additional consequences for owners of more aggressive dogs such as pit bulls that run at large.
Both the Kenton Police Department and the Dog Wardens Office have the authority to enforce the law and both will be working together in issuing citations.
The Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $61,000 in scholarships for 2014.
Renewal scholarships have just been awarded in the amount of $32,500 to 40 students. In May of 2014, the Allen Foundation awarded 46 first year scholarships in the amount of $28,500.
The scholarships are made possible by a $1,003,000 endowment from R.E. and Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup Plant in Kenton. In 2005 Mr. Allen increased the endowment to $1,350,000. Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees and immediate family members of International Paper Food Service Business in Kenton. All grant recipients are eligible to apply for annual renewals.
Second year scholarships in the amount of $11,250 were awarded to 15 students. They are:
Erica Beverly, Lara Dulin, Ashlyn Flowers, Caleb Halsey, Zachary Harbison, Danyel Heilman, Kathryn Heilman, Tina Hiller, Samatha Kuhlman, Damion Marling, Chanthong Moore, Megan Nichols, Seth Oberlitner, Hillary Routt and Chase Ruhlen.
Third year scholarships of $10,000 were awarded to 12 students. They are:
Elizabeth Baldwin, Kristen Gilbert, Christian Goeche, Briana King, Gabriel King, Mackenzie Miller, Mikaela Moore, Jaden Perkins, Grace Poeppelman, Kasey Rawlins, Demi Snider and Olivia Watkins.
Fourth year scholarships of $11,250 were awarded to 13 students. They are:
Adam Beverly, Katherine Brim, Brayden Collins, Sarah Cooper, Dillyn Dorsey, Jared Headings, Taylor Hershberger, Bethany Merold, Reagan Middleton, Lauryn Schlinglof, Caleb Smith, James Warner and Latasha Webb.
Sine 1991, the Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1250 different students in the amount of $2,252,150 according to Dr. Karen Allen, Director of the Foundation. Multi-year scholarships have been awarded to 561 different students.
Mr. R.E. Allen said, "It is my desire that these scholarships will enable recipients to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of our community."
State Representative Robert Sprague will be hosting district office hours for residents of the 83rd House District.
Rep. Sprague will be at the Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County District Library on Tuesday August 26 from noon until 1pm.
Residents are invited to attend and talk about an issue they may be having with a state agency or ask questions or make suggestions.
The 83rd House District includes all of Hancock and Hardin Counties as well as northern portions of Logan County.
***The child was located Tuesday night and returned home safely***
The public is asked to be on the lookout for a runaway teen from the Ada area. According to information provided by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
Jenna Lee Shaw
Please be on the lookout for Jenna Shaw, 16 year old runaway from the Ada area. Last seen wearing black yoga pants and a gray short sleeve shirt. Jenna has light brown hair approximately jaw length. Been missing since 8/18/14.
If located please contact the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office
For the second day in a row, Kenton Police Officers were forced to put down an aggressive dog in the city.
The latest incident occurred Monday morning when an elderly female said that she was chased and barely escaped being attacked by three dogs running loose near the intersection of North Leighton and Grove Streets.
The animals were located in the 400 block of Kohler Street.
One of the dogs started charging at an officer in an aggressive manner. The officer pulled his weapon and shot the dog in the head.
The two other dogs fled the area and have still not been located.
This follows on the heels Sunday when an officer was forced to put down an aggressive pit bull dog in the 300 block of North Market Street.
Also Monday, Kenton Police issued a citation to 27 year old Christopher Elchert for failing to confine a dangerous dog in the 300 block of Scott Avenue.
Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion is preparing a statement on the sudden increase of dangerous dogs running loose in the city.
Plans for the Career Center plan at the Northwood School Building were discussed and new staff members were introduced at the Kenton School Board meeting Monday night.
The new teachers and administrators at Kenton City Schools. Front Row (L-R) Jill Wetherill, Rhonda Grubbs, Elisha Kozman, Cristin St. Laurent, Susie Thrush. Back Row (L-R) Megan Sybert, Mike Leddy, Bradley Potts, Morgan Rogers, Mark Gainer, Nathan Ruhlen.
Board member David Haushalter from the Finance Committee talked about several plans in regards to the proposed career center to be utilized at the Northwood School Building.
Haushalter noted that the school is working on a partnership with Ohio Hi-Point to offer several programs at Northwood which would allow more individuals to remain in the city for their work with the career center.
"We're trying to establish that so we can get more of the career kids interested in it. If they get interested in that and get them to walk from the high school over to Northwood and then back to the high school they can stay engaged here in town." said Haushalter.
Haushalter also noted that there is interest in a CDL program of sorts in the community.
"A local business owner gave us some insight. He said that one of the things for his business would be for students to have a CDL when they turn 18, they would be able to take the test to get their CDL. They wouldn't be able to be hired at 18 because no insurance would cover them but it would give them the first step in that process." said Haushalter.
Also at the meeting, the board approved several items in preparation for the new school year, a number of employee supplemental contracts, and also approved an agreement between the school and the Hardin County Sheriff's office for a Truant Officer and School Resource Officer. This position will be shared with all Hardin County Schools. Board member David Haushalter also announced that the school was working on a new policy regarding prohibiting school administrators from also serving as a head coach of a school athletic team.
"The policy we're going to look at is no administrator can be a head coach. They can be an assistant coach but not a head coach...and that'll clear up any ambiguity or percieved inconsistancies that might happen as an administrator being head coach." said Haushalter.
New staff members hired over the summer were also introduced to the board as well.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on September 15th 2014, at the schools administrative offices at 7pm.
A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters use either a desk top or lap top computer for their personal home computing needs.
Breaking that down, 39% use a desk top computer, 27% use a lap top, while 9% use a tablet device and 8% use a smart phone.
Rounding it out, 17% use all devices for home computing.
Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.
Kenton Police officers were forced to put down a dog that was acting very aggressively around noon on Sunday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a complaint that a large dog was running loose on East Columbus Street near St. John's Church.
The animal, identified as a pit bull, was located in the 300 block of North Market Street.
Due to its aggressive behavior, officers were forced to dispatch the animal.
The dog's owner, identified as 38 year old Julie Bloomfield, was arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order and failure to confine a dog.
A North Carolina man was arrested by Kenton Police following a report of a burglary at the B & J Motel.
Upon arrival, Nicole Goodwill stated that a male had entered her room through the bath window and when she began shouting at him, he left through the front door.
Officers later located the male, identified as Bernabe Ignacio Reynoso-Tomas of North Carolina and he was taken into custody and charged with Burglary.
He was later transferred to the Multi County Corrections Center.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists will find lower gas prices to start the work week.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.40 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime lower than a week ago, and 7 cents less than this time last month.
Monday's national average was $3.45, which is 3 cents lower than a week ago, and 14 cents lower a month ago.
Analysts say prices should stay lower during August as long as refinery production remains strong and oil prices don't rise due to unexpected issues.
The lowest average price in the state Monday was $3.29 in Toledo.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
The Military Veteran's Resource Center is conducting what they call 'Operation Tools For School' which Public Relations Director
Abby Reynolds explains, "Our office in Findlay, which is in Hancock County, is going to provide gift cards for veterans in need, who have returning school children, that they can use for school supplies for their children."
She said their looking for donations from the public and trying to get the word out to veterans who may need some help to buy back to school items for their children, "People who have school supplies that they would like to donate, our office, which is located on 423 Trenton Avenue in Findlay, Ohio, is collecting donations of school items or any veteran in need can certainly contact us at 419-516-0411 and can also request a gift card."
Reynolds said the program runs from now until September 15.
Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Joshua P. Osborne was sentenced to a total of 58 months in prison on one count each of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, breaking and entering and theft.
The following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Sandra R. Albert on two counts of trafficking in drugs in vicinity of a school or juvenile.
.Vanessa D. Gilroy on one count each of burglary and theft of drugs.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The new Athletic Director for the Kenton City Schools is excited about the opportunity he has to guide Kenton's athletic programs.
Mike Leddy was hired earlier this year and said his new job is challenging but rewarding, "It's a lot of hard work. It's a lot of late nights. It's a lot of hours, but there's just something about being around kids, and kind of watching all of the student athletes kind of grow from freshman year, or in my case from 7th grade through senior year. That sort of thing is really neat to be part of and to work with a lot of different people and touch a lot of different lives."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, August 16 as well as a kid’s fun run. Check-in and registration for both the race and the fun run will begin at 7:30 AM at the Hardin Wellness Center located at 918 W. Franklin St.
The kid’s fun run is geared toward kids 13 and under and consists of a ½ or 1 mile run. The fun run will begin at 8:15 AM. The cost is $5.
The registration fee for the 5K is $20 and shirts are available on a first come first served basis.
A Kenton man was sentenced Wednesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty on a bill of information to several sex related offenses.
Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey said 18 year old Devin Chamberlain pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition, which are third degree felonies, one count of attempted rape, a second degree felony and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the fourth degree.
Judge Scott Barrett then sentenced Chamberlain to a total of just over 13 years in prison.
A three vehicle crash occurred on East Columbus Street just before six Wednesday evening.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car driven by 78 year old Shirley Brandon, of Kenton, was stopped for traffic in the 800 block of Columbus Street. A second car, which was being driven by 63 year old Ramona Mahoney, of Dunkirk, was stopped behind Brandon's vehicle. The third vehicle, a pickup being operated by 18 year old Isaac Wise, of Forest, failed to stop in time and struck the rear of Mahoney's car pushing it into the rear of Brandon's vehicle.
Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the Brandon and Mahoney vehicles, while Wise's truck received light damage.
There were no injuries, and no citations were listed on the report.
The boil advisory issued on August 6th is canceled. All samples tested negative for total coliform.
Residents are advised that there will be interruptions in water service and a boil advisory issued on Thursday August 14th and Friday August 15th due to installation of a new 10-inch water distribution line for users on the following streets:
1. South Main St. from Marion St. to the south village limit.
2. E. Marion St. from the Main St. to the intersection at S. Wheeler St.
3. S. Washington St. to from the CSX railroad to E. Marion St.
4. S. Hale St. to from the CSX railroad to E. Marion St.
Boil Order Basics:
·During a boil order, only bottled water or water that has been boiled vigorously for at least one minute should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes or brush teeth
·The Village recommends that bottled water or water boiled vigorously for at least one minute should be used for hand washing
·It is safe to shower or bathe in the water. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouth when they are bathing
·It is safe to wash clothes in the water
·Use bottled water or boiled water to wash and rinse dishes
Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred this past Monday afternoon.
The report was not available Tuesday due to internet service being down at the Kenton Police Department.
According to the report, 69 year old Lois Lautenschlager, of Kenton, was driving east on Franklin Street while 50 year old Deborah Myers, of Cygnet, Ohio, was travelling south on Main Street.
Both drivers thought they had the green light as they proceeded into the intersection. Myers vehicle struck Lautenschlager's car causing moderate damage to both.
There were no injuries, and no citations were listed on the report.
CELINA, Ohio (AP) - One of two men charged in the 2011 home-invasion slayings of a disabled man and his caretaker daughter in western Ohio has been sentenced to life in prison.
Twenty-three-year-old Bryant Rhoades was charged in March 2013 for killing 47-year-old Colleen Grube and her 70-year-old father Robert Grube. They were found dead and bound by duct tape in November 2011 in their ransacked Mercer County farm home.
Rhoades pleaded guilty Tuesday, after he originally backed out of a first plea deal attempt and demanded a trial. The prosecution sought the death penalty for Rhodes but agreed to the plea deal sparing his life.
Rhoades' co-defendant Trevin Sanders, who was 17 at the time of the crime, has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
About 2,500 Windstream Internet customers in Kenton and Paulding are out of service due to extensive damage to AEP fiber that occurred during a road widening project in Columbus.
(Windstream is leasing capacity on the AEP fiber in this case.)
There are 3 separate cuts, including one inside concrete conduit, and that is slowing the repair effort.
AEP is working diligently, but there is no estimated time of restoral yet.
*** UPDATE *** Service was restored to some customers late Tuesday night and to all customers after midnight.
Cook was taken to Multi-County Jail in Marion August 6
A former Grove Cemetery superintendent pleaded not guilty to several offenses Monday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
Shawn N. Cook, through his attorney Kort Gatterdam, entered the not guilty pleas at his arraignment Monday afternoon. Cook is currently being incarcerated in the Multi County Jail in Marion. He spoke by phone from the facility.
Judge Scott Barrett set bond at $25,000 cash or surety or 10%.
A two day trial date for November 12 and 13 was set.
Cook, who currently resides in Georgetown, Tennessee, agreed to stay with relatives in Mount Vernon, Ohio and will sign a waiver of extradition before posting bail.
The July Grand Jury indicted Cook on eight counts of tampering with records, eight counts of money laundering and sixteen counts of theft in office.
He retired in May of 2013 after 32 years at Grove Cemetery.
Kenton City Council zipped through a busy agenda Monday evening.
Council suspended the three-reading rule and approved ordinances to transfer funds to pay the parks and rec director and also to vacate an alley
Council also heard first or second readings on several ordinances involving appropriations, and also moved a resolution involving participation in the Northern Indiana/Ohio Passenger and Rail Initiative on to a second reading.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. August 25 at the Kenton Municipal Building.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Union County Prosecutors Office, has filed a charge of Vehicular Homicide, a first degree misdemeanor, against Kaleb Nebel, age 20 of 32810 Wellwood Road in West Mansfield. The charge comes as a result of the investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that happened on June 6, 2014.
The crash occurred on State Route 31, north of State Route 347 in Taylor Township. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, was assisted in the investigation by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team.
On June 6, 2014 at approximately 5:37 a.m., Nebel was northbound on State Route 31 when he allegedly fell asleep or dozed off and traveled left of center striking two vehicles traveling southbound on State Route 31. The first vehicle Nebel struck was a 2004 Honda Pilot occupied by Sarah and Marcus Jackson, of Mt. Victory. Sarah Jackson was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The second vehicle Nebel struck was a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Oscar Hamby, age 60 of Kenton, Ohio. Hamby was pronounced dead at the scene by the Union County Coroner. Hamby was alone in his vehicle at the time of the crash. Nebel, who was also travelling alone in his vehicle, was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Nebel is scheduled to be arraigned in the Marysville Municipal Court on August 18, 2014 at 8:00 am.
A former employee of Home Savings and Loan in Kenton pleaded guilty to numerous charges Monday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
Following months of negotiations, Barbara J. Fee pleaded guilty on a bill of information to two counts of grand theft, felonies of the fourth degree, six counts of theft, felonies of the fifth degree, two counts of theft from an elderly person, felonies of the fourth degree and two counts of petty theft, first degree misdemeanors.
Prosecutor Brad Bailey said in Court, the crimes occurred between 2001 and 2012.
The victims were individuals and entities such as the Hardin County Soup Kitchen, Ada-Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and her former employer Home Savings Loan.
The total stolen over that time together with interest and cost of the investigation according to Bailey was just over $85,500.
During the investigation process, Bailey said Fee was very cooperative, even pointing out a victim they were not aware of.
Given that, along with the fact that Fee has the means to make full restitution to the victims, he said the state reached a joint sentencing recommendation of five years community control and 300 hours of public service together with full restitution to the victims and cost of the investigation.
Judge Scott Barrett accepted the guilty pleas and ordered a presentence investigation be completed. Judge Barrett informed Fee that the joint sentencing recommendation is just that a recommendation, and the Court has the ability to accept that or impose something else.
Fee will be sentenced on September 22.
A routine traffic stop early Saturday morning resulted in several citations for its occupants.
According to a report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle operated by James Schwarz of Lima was stopped in the 700 block of South Wayne Street, and it was discovered that Schwarz was found to have a suspended license. Prior to impound of the vehicle, a search was conducted and several containers of Marijuana were found inside the vehicle.
Schwarz, Tyler Risner and Amanda Solmonson all of lima were cited for possession of marijuana, while Schwarz was also cited for driving under a suspended license.
Brian Wilkesson of Ada was cited following a two vehicle crash on Saturday.
The report from the Kenton police department shows that a 2007 Chevy Impala driven by Anthony Bordner of Dunkirk was stopped at the intersection of W. Franklin and Leighton Streets, when Wilkesson, who was traveling eastbound, failed to stop in time at the traffic signal, striking the Bordner vehicle, causing light damage to both vehicles.
It was the culmination of a sixteen month project, but the Kenton City Schools Elementary Building was officially dedicated Saturday morning.
A dedication ceremony was held in the new Kenton Schools Elementary Building Saturday morning, and the building project was finally unveiled to the public. As the public toured the building, Jason Fleming from Garmann/Miller Architects, who designed and built the building, told the public what they could expect to see.
"This facility has four classroom pods and each pod holds two grade levels. Preschool and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th. Each pod has a teacher work room for the staff in that area and each one has an individual restroom except for the preschool and kindergarten which has one for each individual room. Each pod has its own electrical heating and cooling system, and an extended learning area for teachers and staff to use for a community learning area. The common areas include their own machine room, main electric room and main technology room. This area includes the two gyms, the media center and the stage, as well as the cafeteria, kitchen, art rooms, music rooms for both instrumental and vocal and the main office. There are also two playgrounds, one for the preschool through 2nd grade side of the building and one for the other side of the building." said Fleming.
The building also houses a state of the art security system which permits all visitors to enter and exit the building through the main office.
Many individuals who participated in the project were recognized at the dedication, and Jennifer Pensarski, Kenton Schools Superintendent thanked the public for their vote in allowing the building project to become a reality.
"It's hard to believe that it was only sixteen months ago that we were all at the high school where we were having our kickoff for the groundbreaking ceremony and how excited we were about our new elementary and what it would look like. I believe this building has exceeded our expectations. I never dreamed that a building of this magnitude and quality would be available to our students in sixteen months. There are still things to be done but the team behind the scenes of this project is one of the most professional groups that I've had the opportunity to work with. As you walk these halls and the rooms today, imagine how this school will inspire all of us to inquire and excel. Today marks the celebration of the completion of the building project and the beginning of an exciting journey for our staff and students.Thank you to everyone for making this dream a reality." said Pensarski.
Pictures from the dedication ceremony, as well as pictures from the new building can be found on our photo page.
The building will continue to be fitted throughout the rest of this month. The first day of school for Kenton will be on September 8th.
The Immaculate Conception Church Summer Festival will be held Sunday afternoon. The festival is at 220 E. North Street here in Kenton and will run from 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
There will be BBQ Chicken Dinners from Noon-8:00 p.m.
Beer & Brats, Home Cooked Foods, Hot Dogs, Authentic Mexican Tacos, Snowcones, Cotton Candy, Dietsch Brothers Ice Cream
For Entertainment a Kids Talent Show - 1:00 p.m.
Spitin'Image will perform at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Games for all ages, Bounce House, Frisky Friends Petting Zoo of Ada, Raffle Drawing: Chance to win $1500, $500, $100, $50
Book Sale - Country Store, Basket Raffle, Hardin County Dog Shelter
Pawsitive Pals w/ Dogs for Adoption.
WKTN's own Andrew Flinn will broadcast from the festival tomorrow as well from 1pm-3pm.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A convicted sex offender in Ohio has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for coaxing a 12-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photos and videos on her cellphone.
Fifty-six-year-old Lauren Kerr Thomas of Warren was sentenced this week in Union County in central Ohio. He pleaded guilty to multiple felonies. Thomas' attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Saturday.
Prosecutors said Thomas used a smartphone app to chat with the girl, convincing her that he was a 15-year-old disabled girl. He then instructed her to take the photos and videos of herself.
The child's parents called Marysville police after they noticed an unusually high amount of phone data being used and questioned the girl.
Authorities say Thomas has previous convictions for sex crimes against children.
A former superintendent of Grove Cemetery has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple felony charges.
The July Hardin County Grand Jury returned a 32 count indictment against Shawn N. Cook, charging him with eight counts of tampering with records, eight counts of money laundering and 16 counts of theft in office.
Cook, who currently resides in Georgetown, Tennessee, is set for a video arraignment Monday afternoon in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
He was employed by Grove Cemetery for just over 32 years serving most of that time as superintendent. He retired in May of 2013.
A Kenton woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Kaylee M. Morrison was sentenced to a total of 48 months in prison on three counts of tampering with evidence and one count each of possession of heroin and possession of criminal tools.
The case was heard by Judge William D. Hart, who was sitting by assignment.
With the start of a new school year close at hand, now is the time for parents to make sure their child's shots are up to date.
Dr. Ryan Voglesang, from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in cases where a child hasn't received vaccinations, they see an increase of illnesses, "And there will be out breaks of things like measles or sometimes whooping cough, and there's been recent outbreaks of a disease called haemophilus influenza which causes meningitis and other severe infections."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's prisons director says his department and the private vendor that feeds inmates share responsibility for conditions that led to maggots at the women's prison in Marysville.
Director Gary Mohr said an inaccessible floor drain containing food debris was probably a breeding ground for maggots found this week during a washing of the kitchen floor at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. It is the ninth time maggots were found in prison kitchen or dining areas this year.
Problems like maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of food have emerged since Aramark Correctional Services took over prison food service last year.
The company defends its record and says food delays are rare.
The prison employees union has filed a grievance over Aramark's contract.
A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters say Ohio State University should reinstate Marching Band Director Jon Waters.
When asked the question, a commanding 84% said yes, while only 16% said no he should not be reinstated.
Vote now in this week's poll.
LIMA, Ohio (AP) - State wildlife officials are trying to determine if turkey manure running in a northwest Ohio river is responsible for killing thousands of fish.
Officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife were called in after more than 6,000 dead fish were found in the Little Ottawa River in Lima last weekend.
Wildlife officer Paul Kurfis said that rain washed turkey manure that was spread on a field July 31 into the creek. The owner of the field had hired a private contractor to spread the manure.
Officers tracked the kill zone in the creek along an 8.8-mile stretch of the Little Ottawa River that connects to the Ottawa River. The dead fish included sucker fish, largemouth bass, sunfish, bullhead and darter.
Sanctions are possible.
The entry markers at Splash Pad at Murray Park on Cherry Street in Kenton have been installed.
On one side, the "in loving memory of" names are listed and the other side the "thanks to" names are listed.
Each brick was sold to the public for $100 for the names to be listed.
Three people are facing charges in connection to the vandalism incidents that occurred this past weekend.
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, two 16 year old males and an 18 year old male are facing charges of criminal damaging.
Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said a tip led investigators to a suspects residence Tuesday night where a car was searched and three bb guns were seized.
A total of 30 to 35 incidents occurred where a high powered bb gun was used to shoot out windows on vehicles and several houses throughout the city.
The charges are expected to be filed later this week or early next week. They will be filed against the juveniles in Juvenile Court and against the 18 year old in Municipal Court.
In the meantime, victims of the crimes need to get estimates to the Kenton Police Department as soon as possible.
A breaking and entering was reported early Tuesday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 300 block of North Main Street said someone entered his garage and removed some tools.
A neighbor said he chased two men down an alley, and the suspects dropped the tools.
A description was given of the suspects, and the case is under investigation.
There were no injuries after a car travelled through the fence of the Kenton Swimming Pool Tuesday afternoon.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 74 year old Constance Hughes, of Mt. Victory, was parked on the south side of the pool. She stated that she is not sure what happened, but she accelerated her car to high rate of speed. The car travelled northbound through the fence and came to rest on the cement deck of the pool.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Hardin County Ag Society hired a new fairboard secretary this past weekend.
Judi Cronley is in the office this week as they prepare for the Hardin County Fair next month.
Cronley admits, "It's going to be a little overwhelming I would say, but their not going to just throw me to the wolves. Janie Seiler is in the office, and she's really helping, and they're trying to ease me in and not overwhelm me."
She said though the Hardin County Fair is what she is looking forward to the most, "That's the big part of the job. You work the most up to that, so yes I'm looking forward to the fair a lot. My family is really involved with the fair anyway, but just being out here all the time, and also getting to know all the other board members. They've been so nice to me and so willing to help."
Cronley added that she also works for Katrina Hughes-Collins Tax Service and also is a substitute teacher for the Kenton City Schools. She said her and her family are definitely fair people, "My husband Glen works at Honda, and he loves the fair. He takes that week off always, and helps out especially with my two girls that have hogs for the fair, and they're both involved in 4-H, and my oldest daughter is involved in FFA."
Also at the Saturday night meeting:
An update on black top sealing was presented. County is doing roads only and other areas are to be paid by the board. The area in front of the show arena and around the steak barn has been completed. Agreed to do two roads by caretakers house, area by midway and down by race horse barns past the maintenance building.
Hardin County Tractor pullers wanted to know about getting another concession stand in the infield for the tractor pull. Matter was forwarded to concession committee.
Board was asked if horse arena could be used Tuesday night of fair for practice. Board said the due to Band Show arena could not be used.
Mark Badertscher, Hardin County Extension Agent said that September 9th will be carcass show at Mt. Victory Meats.
Also September 23rd a new Master Gardner course will be starting and wanted to know about setting up a display in Arts and Crafts building.
The minutes of last meeting were reviewed.
Financial reports were reviewed.
Bills were presented to pay.
Committee reports were:
-Arts and Crafts building set up day will be August 20th at 7:00pm.
-Lock on Arts and Crafts building has been fixed
-No guns sign on fence has to be removed. They can only be posted on the buildings
-Will check with County Commissioners and Sheriff about posting buildings.
-Grandstand Handrails - being made
-New bucket for new loader to be picked up.
-Benches need to be out of barn by work day.
-Message sign in memory of Tom Sprang has been hung in the show arena. Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club will program sign.
-Sawdust has been hauled out of Show Arena.
-Silver Creek Supply will spray the grounds and barns.
-Jim Smith is making new showcase
-Director campers need to be by August 27th.
-Scales have been certified
-3 water fountains are bad. $500 per new water fountain.
-Have secured a bus in case of rain. Have secured a parking area.
-Skid loader being donated for use during fair.
-Work Day is scheduled for August 23rd at 9:00 am.
-Will make list of jobs that need to be done and post it in the Secretary Office
-60 ton of sand has been put in the horse arena.
-County is scheduled to blow out tiles, and City will be contacted to blow out sewer lines.
-County will be contacted to fix row marker signs.
-Will be meeting in next couple of weeks.
-Wood Carving Auction will be Sunday of the fair at 1:00pm in front of the Gazebo.
-Rabbits will be tattooed on Saturday August 9th from 9-11am
.Rides & Concessions committee:
-Ground and Building space still available. Nine spots available in Community Building.
-$7,300 received from previous Pepsi Contract. New contract needs signed yet.
-Showed of new Jr. Fair Board Office.
-Went over how ribbons will be packaged this year.
-Discussed Show Arena cleaning schedule
-Went over Jr. Fair Board Committee assignments
-Membership and Season Tickets were distributed
-Appreciation Night will be September 14th at 6:00pm
-With increased sponsorship need more banners.
-Website needs to be worked on.
-State Demo Derby will be September 27th at 3:00pm.
-Hardin County Fair Foundation by-laws were presented for review.
-Fair office opens Monday August 4th from 9am- 5pm.
-EMS meeting will be August 20th at 6:30 pm. Arts and Crafts Building set will follow.
Next Board meeting will be August 30th at 7:30 pm in Community Building.
Kenton High School season football tickets will go on sale beginning next week.
Season tickets for the Kenton Wildcats will go on sale starting Monday. At that time, and throughout next week, 2013 reserved ticket holders only can renew reserved seats. Any 2013 reserved ticket holders unable to come in next week can email Kenton athletic director Mike Leddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following week, beginning on Monday, August 18th, senior citizen passes, staff passes, the remaining reserved tickets and season tickets will go on sale. At that time, fans will also be able to purchase presale tickets for the Wildcats' scrimmage at Lexington on Friday, August 22nd. Presale tickets for the scrimmage cost $2 while tickets at the door will be $4.
Tickets will be on sale Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the high school main office.
Fire destroyed a house near Alger Monday afternoon.
According to Alger Fire Chief Dusty Harsh, firefighters were dispatched around 1:15 to the corner of County Line Road and County Road 80.
The home was occupied by Dean and Rita Nichelson, along with their daughter and Dean's mother. All were able to escape without injury.
Chief Harsh said a dryer is being blamed for starting the blaze that totally destroyed the structure.
Multiple fire departments, from Ada, Harrod, McGuffey, Lafayette, West Minster and Lima Perry, provided mutual assistance to the Alger Fire Department.
Firefighters were on the scene until around 9:30 Monday night.
There were six more reports taken Monday of windows on vehicles being shot with a bb gun.
The follows on the heals of multiple complaints that were received throughout the day Sunday.
The Kenton Police Department continues the investigation, and if you have any information, contact the police department at 419-673-0771.
At the monthly meeting of the Kenton City Council Finance Committee Monday evening, the committee reviewed a request from the city administration to appropriate more funds into the city property abatement fund.
As reported on WKTN Radio, the City of Kenton has purchased three nuisance properties to tear down due to their being blighted structures. Additionally, the city is dealing with several other properties that are either currently being abated, or could tentatively. Currently, the abatement fund has $18,038.03 and the administration asked that an additional $14,000 be added to the fund to assist in the abatement of the blighted properties. The committee agreed to put the question before the council.
Also at the meeting, the committee heard updates on the status of the water and sewer funds, and while some projections were on target since the changing of the rates, the committee agreed to wait until the end of the year before making any significant modifications to the water/sewer rates.
The committee also moved to hold another finance committee meeting on September 15th to review budget worksheets for the 2015 budget from the different departments. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the city would have the budget proposals by the end of August for the committee to review in early September before submitting the proposal to the entire council.
Hardin County Fair season and membership tickets are on sale all over the county this week.
Either ticket is $20.00. They allow one adult and that that person's school age children admission to the fair each day of the fair.
Tickets will be punched at the gate and a hand stamp is required for reentry the same day. $8.00 youth season tickets are available as a convenience to those who purchase a season or membership ticket for older children who come without their parent. Students can still come in free with a parent who has a season or member ticket.
The difference between season and membership tickets is that a membership ticket does not allow a member to vote for directors or run for director.
Regular one day gate admission will be $8.00 for those ages 9 and over. The price does not include rides. Daily wristbands for unlimited all day rides are $12.00.
Membership tickets may be purchased at the secretary's office beginning today from 9:00am to 5:00pm or from any fairboard director.
Season tickets are being sold at retail stores, including here at WKTN, and banking institutions all over Hardin County.
The 2014 Hardin County Fair runs September 2 through the 7 in Kenton.
The grand prize winner in WKTN's Summer Cash Giveaway contest was selected and announced on Monday.
From the weekly winners, Tira Lawrence was the winner of $1200 in cash.
She registered during the summer at Goldrush Jewelry in downtown Kenton.
Thanks to everybody who registered during the summer, and a big thank you as well to the participating sponsors.
Vandals targeted numerous vehicles and at least two homes starting early Sunday morning.
Someone believed to be using a high powered bb gun, shot the glass on vehicles and on houses from around the city.
Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said the vandalism acts appeared to be done by somebody with nothing better to do, "Unfortunately that does seem to be the case. We found that the damage was widespread throughout the entire community. It wasn't just confined to one area."
He added that the vandals appeared to be mobile as opposed to walking, "We've had past instances where they were walking, and they would hit every vehicle as they're going down the street. This was just a random here there, no particular pattern or particular area, so it just seems like they were more likely than not mobile."
And he said in widespread cases such as these, the public's assistance is being sought to help aid in the investigation, "Somebody may have seen something or heard something. Any information that we can get would be helpful on this to hopefully prevent a repeat incident."
If you have any information, call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.
Kenton Police are also investigating a separate vandalism complaint from over the weekend.
According to information on the day log of the police department, vandals damaged equipment at the Splash Pad at Murray Park on Cherry Street.
No other information is available at this time.
A Dunkirk man was arrested Sunday on a drug related offense.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to a report of a man who was possibly unconscious in his vehicle at WalMart.
The man, identified as Steve Grindell, was arrested for drug possesion.
He was also charged with physical control of a vehicle while impaired, driving under suspension and possession of a drug abuse instrument.
A Kenton man was arrested following a minor crash Sunday.
According to that from from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the WalMart parking lot after a vehicle struck another vehicle in the lot.
Roberto Pedro Antonio was taken into custody and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - TOLEDO, Ohio - The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Mayor D. Michael Collins says Monday that the Lake Erie drinking water is safe and that the warning has been lifted.
The announcement comes after people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan were told to avoid drinking tap water because of toxins contaminating the lake, possibly from algae.
Toledo officials issued the water warning in Ohio's fourth-largest city early Saturday.
The Ohio National Guard and other state agencies have been delivering pallets of bottled water to the city and operating water purification systems to make more drinkable water.
A Kenton man was arrested following a 9-1-1 hangup Friday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Glendale Street in reference to the 9-1-1 hangup call.
It was discovered there was no problem, and that a small child was playing with a cell phone.
Officers also discovered that a resident at the address, 31 year old Joe Nelson, had an outstanding warrant.
Nelson was taken into custody and later released on bond pending a Monday (8/4/14) court date.
In this tight economy, many municipalities are finding an increase in nuisance properties within their communities.
The process of dealing with them varies by community.
Property on South Detroit Street
At the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night, the Kenton Council approved a measure to formally purchase three nuisance properties in the city limits. The three properties in question were 412 S. Detroit Street, 133 S. High Street and 419 W. Walnut Street. City Law Director John Schwemer said that the city had an opportunity to purchase the properties in an effort to remove the blighted structures on each of them.
"In fact when we see properties like this we try to reach out to neighboring property owners to see if there's any interest, and to see if there's any way we can assist them in moving these forward...there were no property owners that we contacted that really wanted the property with those blighted structures on them. We communicated with them and they said talk to us when you get it cleaned up." said Schwemer.
"So we had several discussions with members of council to see if there was a desire to bid and acquire these. And it was determined that based upon the cities current economic situation, which is tight, this was deemed a community improvement effort. The city is not going to break even on these endeavors" said Schwemer.
Property on South High Street
Generally, if the city designates a property to be a nuisance property they direct the property owner to either repair or tear down the nusesence, and if the owner cannot pay the city can tear down and asses the property owner the destruction costs. However, in this particular case, the three properties in question had been foreclosed by the county. According to information from the Hardin County Auditor’s Office, the foreclosure process takes a couple of years in which time the property needs to be offered to interested parties and auctioned at a Sheriff’s Sale where a minimum bid of the delinquency liability is asked for. If that bid is not made at either public sale, the property can be offered to a taxing entity such as a city or a township.
In the case of the three in question, the City of Kenton purchased the residence on S. Detroit Street for $10.00, the one on S. High Street for $10.00 and the one on W. Walnut Street for $400.00. Additional costs to process the transfer of sale and the fees associated with the sale will also be assessed. Joel Althauser, President of the Kenton City Council said that purchasing blighted properties, while not typically done, was used in this instance due to the timing of the sales, and the cities desire to remove the blights from city neighborhoods.
"This is not a new thing. You will see properties sell for $10 or $100 bucks. The theory presented by John [Schwemer] that the council embraced and the administration embraced was that this was a pretty wise use of taxpayer dollars and this is a pretty cheap way to get these things cleaned up...and at least then, even if we maintain ownership, we have solved that issue of people going in there. That issue of whether it be a haven for drugs, or just people meeting, or potential fire, we've solved that." said Althauser.
Property on West Walnut Street
When all is said and done, Althauser estimated the teardown costs for the properties to be over $10,000.00. At this point, the city will demolish the three properties, and Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that they plan on selling two of the plots and retaining the third one.
"We're going to have them abated of course, the houses taken off of them. My understanding from our meetings with council and our legal counsel is that we're going to sell the properties on High Street and Walnut Street and we're going to use the property on Detroit Street as parking for the municipal ball diamond" said Hites.
Hites noted that the city would like to revitalize the baseball park at the waterworks and parking there has been an issue, so the city determined that putting a stone lot in that space would assist in that project. And as to whether the city would pursue the option of purchasing and removing blighted property again in the future, all three individuals said any decision would be made on a case by case basis.
A mandatory meeting for parents and student-athletes wishing to play sports at Kenton will be held on Tuesday.
Kenton City Schools will be hosting a mandatory meeting for parents and student-athletes on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenton High School gym. This meeting is required for all middle school and high school student-athletes and their parents who plan on participating in athletics during the 2014-15 school year.
Call Kenton athletic director Mike Leddy at 419-673-1286 if you have any questions.
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