Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Cracking Down On Drunk Driving

(WFIN) – The Hancock County Sheriff’s office will be ramping up enforcement efforts on drunk driving.

The effort is part of a national crackdown on drunk drivers to help save lives.

The high-visibility campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” will run until September 2. During this time, the sheriff’s office will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

On average, 10,000 people have died every year from 2013 to 2017.

UPDATE – Authorities Looking For Vehicle So They Can Check The Welfare Of The Driver

UPDATE – The sheriff’s office says the vehicle has been located and thanks everyone who kept an eye out for it.

 

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to keep an eye out for a vehicle so they can check on the welfare of the driver.

The sheriff’s office says they’re trying to locate a 2010 Ford Fusion, black in color with license plate HPD-2967.

The car has tinted windows and a handicapped placard hanging from the mirror.

The car was last seen in the Mt. Blanchard area around 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Anyone who believes they have seen the car is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 419-422-2424, or 911.

Medical Board Committee Reverses Course On Medical Pot For Autism, Anxiety

A committee is no longer recommending medical marijuana to treat autism and anxiety in Ohio.

The panel reversed course after hearing from experts.

Two experts testified in favor of its use and four experts against it.

They said the drug offers momentary relief from anxiety but can lead to panic attacks or worsening anxiety for some patients.

The physicians also noted concerns about marijuana’s effects on children’s developing brains.

Marijuana is currently approved to treat 21 medical conditions in Ohio, including chronic pain and PTSD.

The full state medical board could make a final decision at its September or October meetings.

The Allen County Fair Gets Underway

The Allen County Fair kicks off on Friday and runs through Saturday, August 24th.

More than 200,000 people will enjoy all the great food and entertainment the fair has to offer.

Country singer Kane Brown headlines the fair’s entertainment schedule and will perform on Saturday night.

A few of the special days at the fair; Monday, August 19th is Youth Day, and the Allen County Conservation Club will be offering a free fishing derby for kids through the age of 15 years old on Monday morning, August 19th, at the Pond in Roschman Park.

Thursday, August 22nd is Senior Citizen’s Day, and seniors 60 and over will be admitted free until 6 p.m.

Friday, August 23rd is Veteran’s Day and Veterans will get in free and be honored with a special Veteran’s program at noon.

The Allen County Fairgrounds is located on Harding Highway (State Route 309) in Lima, just minutes from Interstate 75.

Parents And Students Fill The University Of Findlay For Move-In Day

[WFIN] – Parents and students made their way to the University of Findlay for move-in day on Thursday. Sherri and Joel Edelbrock said it was their first time helping their daughter move in…

Parents and family get to be involved in the orientation process until the Arch Ceremony on Friday. Students will take part in orientation and service projects throughout the rest of the weekend before classes start.

 

Ice Cream Van Wrecks On I-75

[WFIN] – An accident on I-75 involving an ice cream van closed the interstate and created a lengthy backup Wednesday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay Post reports that the accident happened around 5:15 p.m. just south of Findlay.

60-year-old Juliet Walker was driving the van in the right southbound lane when she changed lanes without signaling and struck 31-year-old Kevin Cieplowski.

Walker spun out into the median and overturned several times. She came to a halt on her left side in the northbound lanes. Cieplowski and a volunteer firefighter removed Walker from the vehicle and she was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers cited Walker for failure to show due regard when changing lanes.

Five New Firefighters Join Findlay Fire Department

[WFIN] – The Findlay Fire Department hired five new firefighters this week. Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle said the new firefighters will replace some openings and prepare for retirements.

Eberle added they don’t like to rely on overtime.

He added that he is excited to have the new firefighters and that they will start training them to make sure they are ready to serve.

Police: Suspect Forces His Way Into House, Fires Shots

The Findlay Police Department is investigating an attempted burglary that resulted in shots being fired.

The police department says officers responded to the area of Elm Street and Lima Avenue at 11:39 Wednesday night to investigate a call of shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers learned that the incident happened at a residence in the 400 block of Elm Street.

The resident told police that a suspect forced his way in through the front door, fired some shots and then took off.

No one was injured by the gunfire.

Police say a possible suspect has been identified.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7150

Ohio AG: No Misuse Occurred With State’s Facial Recognition System

(ONN) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says no misuse has occurred with the state’s facial-recognition system.

Yost released the results of an internal review saying there were no instances of mass-surveillance and the system is operated lawfully.

Yost did revoke access to the technology to over four-thousand law enforcement officers until they can be properly trained on its use.

According to the report, the system has been used by Ohio law enforcement over ten-thousand times since 2017.