Fatal Shooting At Business In Putnam County

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting at a business in Leipsic.

At 4:05 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received 911 calls about shots being fired at Kitchen Enterprises Trucking Company on Pro Tec Parkway.

When law enforcement and medical personnel arrived they found 30-year-old Farrah Croninger, of Deshler, deceased.

54-year-old Michael Kitchen, of Ottawa, was also injured and transported to a hospital.

Authorities say the suspect, Konner Dunklee, 26, of Lima, fled the scene in a vehicle.

He was pursued by several police agencies and apprehended in Allen County.

Dunklee was taken into custody and taken to the Putnam County Adult Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation.



Redesigned Rest Area Highlights Ohio’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site

(From the Office of the Ohio Governor)

In recognition of World Heritage Day, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Development (DOD) Director Lydia Mihalik, and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jack Marchbanks unveiled the newly redesigned Licking County I-70 westbound rest area, which includes images of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“We are transforming Ohio’s rest areas to not only provide travelers a chance to take a break, which makes everyone safer, but also invite them to discover our beautiful Ohio,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.  “Near this Licking County rest area there are two historical areas of significance – Great Circle Earthworks and Octagon Earthworks – as well as other local attractions to experience.”

Last fall, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, which is a collection of eight earthwork locations in Ohio, became Ohio’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage designation and the 25th such designation in the United States.  Built by Native Americans between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago, these earthworks are masterpieces of creative genius and exceptional among ancient monuments worldwide in their enormous scale, geometric precision, and astronomical alignments.

“We welcome this new opportunity to inform travelers from across the state and nation about these internationally recognized treasures – the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks – located right here in Ohio in Licking, Ross, and Warren counties,” said Megan Wood, Executive Director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “We look forward to welcoming even more visitors from near and far to Ohio’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to these beautifully designed amenities.”

Inside the newly designed Licking County I-70 westbound rest area travelers will also see images of Licking County attractions such as downtown Newark, Dawes Arboretum, and the restored 1928 Midland Theatre. Central Ohio attractions such as the Columbus Zoo and COSI are also featured.  A 10-foot Ohio map highlights other points of interest, including Ohio’s colleges and university, state parks and campgrounds, and nearby lakes. A video board displays live weather and real-time traffic and road alerts, as well as other tourist information.

“We have a wonderful story to tell here in Ohio. The re-imagined rest areas are an important piece of telling that story, because they encapsulate the vibrant history of the surrounding area and showcase the main attractions nearby,” said Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik.  “Our ultimate goal is to inspire travelers to enjoy and extend their stay while they’re here and then return to our great state in the future.”


Highway Patrol’s New Fremont Post Opens

(From the Ohio State Highway Patrol)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s new Fremont Post opened on the same grounds where its original location stood for over six decades.

On May 16, 2023, Fremont Post operations were relocated to a temporary site on Pinnacle Drive so the original post, located on the Route 20 Bypass, could be demolished and the construction of a new building could begin.

For 63 years, the original Fremont Post played an integral part in serving the community, and with the construction of a new building, that thread of Service with a Purpose will continue.

An open house will be held later this summer to celebrate the opening of the new post.

The address of the Fremont Post is 2181 West State Route 20 Bypass, Fremont.

The phone number remains the same at (419) 332-8246.


Blanchard Valley Health System Launches Podcast

(From Blanchard Valley Health System)

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast, “Health Connect.”

The podcast features the many connections between Blanchard Valley Health System’s services and the communities the organization serves. “Health Connect” will educate the community on new physicians and providers, and technology, untangle the complexities of healthcare, and give listeners a glimpse into healthcare offerings available right here in Northwest Ohio.

This series is co-hosted by Eric Proctor, chief people officer at BVHS, and Sam Sprunger, a Bluffton podcaster. Proctor provides insights into the BVHS culture, career opportunities, and the unique stories of the organization’s patients, associates, and medical staff. Sprunger brings the layperson’s perspective, being outside the healthcare industry but eager to learn and help listeners understand.

“’Health Connect’ will spotlight BVHS as a connected care network serving individuals of all ages and needs,” Proctor said. “Our team has many great stories to tell, and we’re excited to share those stories through a BVHS podcast for the first time. We can’t wait for our community members to get to know some of our extraordinary people and hear some of the stories that make BVHS special.”

Episodes of “Health Connect” are approximately 20 minutes long, giving community members enough time to gain some insights and education while still being something they can listen to while commuting.

The first episode was released on April 18. “Health Connect” is available on major podcasting platforms and the BVHS website.

For more information, please visit https://www.bvhealthsystem.org/podcast


Earth Day Litter Cleanup Walk In Findlay

(From the City of Findlay)

Join Mayor Christina Muryn and the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership for an Earth Day litter cleanup walk!

We’ll meet at the Riverside Park Band Shell on Monday, April 22 from 5:30pm-6:30pm to clean up the banks of the Blanchard River and Riverside Park.

Protective gloves and trash bags will be provided.

All ages are encouraged to attend.


OSHP Holds Signing Day Events At District HQs Across State

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently kicked off its 174th Cadet Class with signing day events at district headquarters.

Recruits gathered at their closest district headquarters with family and friends to sign a letter of intent to become a member of the next Academy Class.

A signing day event was held at the Findlay District Headquarters on North Main Street in Findlay.

The 174th Cadet Class training began on Tuesday at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.

Learn more about becoming a state trooper by clicking here.


Cory-Rawson High School Holding Community Day

(From Cory-Rawson High School)

Cory-Rawson High School will hold its fourth annual Community Day on Friday, April 26, 2024. 

The purpose of Community Day is to strengthen our students’ connection with our local community – on our school campus and in the villages of Mt. Cory, Jenera, and Rawson. 

Staff members will lead student teams to each of the village parks throughout the morning performing acts of service including clean-up, painting, and landscaping. 

The afternoon will focus on our school community with students and staff enjoying games and snacks.  Our students and staff working alongside community leaders makes us #HornetStrong.


Some BGSU Faculty Want Active Shooter Training To Be Voluntary

(ONN) – Some faculty members at Bowling Green State University are proposing a resolution regarding the school’s required active shooter training.

They want to make the ALICE active shooter training no longer mandatory.

They say the training can impact people emotionally and should be voluntary.

Dr. Montana Miller, associate professor in BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture, says some people find active shooter training detrimental to their mental health and participation should not be mandatory, but voluntary. 

The resolution will be introduced Tuesday.

If passed it goes to the administration formally asking for it to not be mandatory.


City Offering Bulk Trash Drop-Off For Residents

(From the City of Findlay)

The City of Findlay will offer a bulk trash drop-off for Findlay residents from Saturday, April 20, 2024, to Saturday, April 27, 2024. Hours are 8am-3pm or until dumpsters are full on Saturdays and 8am-7pm or until dumpsters are full Monday-Friday.

Dumpsters will be at the Public Works Department, 330 N. Cory St., where city residents may dispose of unwanted debris. The drop-off is in conjunction with the annual Backyard Mission Trip on Saturday, April 27. The City will keep dumpsters open for an additional six days to encourage citizens to clean up the community in observance of Earth Week.

During the Earth week drop off event in Spring 2023 over 1,500 tires and 93,000 lbs of trash were collected. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and join us in working to keep our community clean!

Hazardous materials, commercial tires, concrete, appliances, and electronics will not be accepted. Proof of residency or ID may be required.

The City will accept noncommercial vehicle tires on Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, April 27. The tires must be off the rim. Proof of residency in the City of Findlay and/or ID will be required. Please note that it is illegal to transport more than ten scrap tires at any time without obtaining a registration certificate from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency per ORC 3734.83.


Findlay QB Ryan Montgomery Announces College Decision

Findlay High School football standout Ryan Montgomery has revealed what college he will be attending.

The quarterback had his choices narrowed down to Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Ryan ended up choosing the University of Georgia in front of family and friends inside the Findlay High School gymnasium.

Ryan will play his senior season for the Findlay Trojans in the fall.

Ryan’s brother, Luke, a lineman, is currently playing football at Ohio State.

Ohio State and Georgia met in a playoff game not long ago and could again as the programs are among the tops in the country each year.

Watch Ryan’s announcement below courtesy of 247Sports.com.