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Tiffin Man Heading To Prison On Drug, Gun Charges

A Tiffin man was sentenced to prison on drug and gun charges in federal court.

The U.S. Attorneys Office – Northern District of Ohio says Justin Rosas, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm as a felon.

According to court documents, in August, 2019, Sandusky Police Detectives and DEA investigators executed a search warrant at a residence located on Monroe Street in Sandusky.

During the execution of the warrant, law enforcement officers encountered Justin Rosas and Fernando Gonzales Jr. inside the residence and seized two semiautomatic pistols located within plain sight of both men.

Officers then searched Rosas and located a substance containing methamphetamine.

Rosas is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous conviction of aggravated drug trafficking in the Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

Fernando Gonzales was charged in April 2021 as a felon in possession of a firearm. That case remains ongoing.

This case was investigated by the DEA and Sandusky Police Department, and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorneys Office – Northern District of Ohio.


Gliding Stars Of Findlay In Need Of On-Ice Volunteers

Gliding Stars of Findlay is back and looking for on-ice volunteers.

Gliding Stars is an adaptive ice skating program that gives people with special needs a chance to enjoy some time on the ice with the help of a coach.

Cindy Bregel, executive director of the Findlay chapter of the organization, says the program helps improve the participants’ motor skills, strength and speech.

And she says the socialization and friendships that come from the program are priceless.



Cindy said they haven’t been on the ice since March of 2020 because of the pandemic and it’ll be great to be back.

The first day for the program will be Sunday, September 12th from 1:30 to 3 at The Cube.

Then the season will conclude with an Ice Show in March of 2022.

She said it’s very rewarding to be an on-ice volunteer and they still need some for the upcoming season.

Learn more about Gliding Stars of Findlay and how to volunteer by clicking here.

(above picture courtesy of Gliding Stars of Findlay)




Cooper Tire Findlay Plant 200 Millionth Tire

Cooper Tire’s Findlay manufacturing plant is celebrating production of its 200 millionth tire.

Cooper says 200 million tires stacked end to end would stretch 96,000 miles and be able to circle the earth nearly four times.

Details on the milestone are in the following news release from Cooper Tire.


Cooper Tire announced that its Findlay, Ohio, manufacturing plant reached a milestone today with the production of its 200 millionth tire, a Cooper® Discoverer® AT3 LT™.

The Findlay plant was constructed in 1919 and was Cooper Tire’s first manufacturing facility. Today, it employs approximately 900 associates within one million square feet of production space. In June, Cooper Tire became part of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, combining two leading companies with complementary product portfolios, services and capabilities and creating a strong U.S.-based leader in the global tire industry.

“We are grateful for our Findlay associates, past and present, who contributed to this significant production achievement,” said Plant Manager Mark Kreinbrink.



“Two hundred million tires, if stacked end to end, would stretch 96,000 miles and be able to circle the earth nearly four times. I sincerely appreciate the dedication, hard work and commitment to quality that our Findlay team has delivered day in and day out to produce this significant body of work. Our customers recognize and appreciate our commitment to service, as well, and have rewarded us with continuing strong demand for our products. We look forward to serving them by making millions more industry-leading tires.”

“The USW is proud to see the Findlay plant reach this milestone driven by a great team that makes great tires,” said Brian Brubaker, President of USW Local 207L.

“This is a major accomplishment that shows the enduring contributions of our USW members over several generations. Thank you to the men and women of the Findlay plant for their skills and efforts.”

The Discoverer AT3LT is a top-selling on-road/off-road all-terrain tire designed for drivers of pickup trucks, work vehicles and full-size SUVs who need a tire that offers the rugged durability required to keep up with their active lifestyles.


National Library Card Sign-Up Month

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is encouraging people who don’t have one yet to get a library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September.

Library Director Sarah Clevidence says at the library they believe there’s nothing more empowering than getting your own library card.

“It gives you access to technology, resources and services to help you pursue your passions and your dreams.”



Sarah says 27,334 members of the community are currently library card holders and they’d like to sign up a lot more during National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Get more details by clicking here.



Ohio’s Capital City To Reissue Indoor Mask Order

The mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, has announced he plans to issue an executive order requiring people to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Ginther made the announcement during a news conference alongside Columbus health officials.

The mayor said masks, along with vaccines, are the best way to keep people safe.



He added that the executive order is about slowing the spread of the virus and keeping Columbus safe and open for business.

Ginther said the executive order will go into effect when he signs it on Friday.

Ginther is also asking people who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated today.



‘Touch A Truck’ This Weekend In Findlay

A fun, free event that kids and adults both will enjoy is coming up this weekend.

Touch A Truck will be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 11th from 10 to 2.

Called “a kid’s dream day” youngsters have the opportunity to get up-close and hands-on with tractors, semis, emergency vehicles and more.

There will be activities, giveaways and raffles.

The event is sponsored by Garner Trucking, the Hancock County Farm Bureau and FIC Dealerships.

The event is free to the public. Food will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from Touch A Truck will go to the Children’s Museum of Findlay.

Get more on the event by clicking here and read our story from the 2019 event by clicking here.


Matt Demczyk (WFIN)

Oktoberfest Findlay To Be Even Bigger This Year

Oktoberfest Findlay is returning this year after the full event couldn’t be held last year because of the pandemic.

Sarah Sisser, executive director of the Hancock Historical Museum, says the family-friendly festival celebrating German heritage has become one of the largest single-day events in Hancock County.



As Sarah mentioned in the audio above, the festival includes live traditional German music and entertainment, a variety of contests, authentic German food from vendors like Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, the Kinderplatz Kid Zone and a selection of more than 40 domestic and German beers.

Oktoberfest is the major fundraiser of the year for the Hancock Historical Museum which is an entirely privately funded, non-profit organization.

Oktoberfest Findlay is on Saturday, September 25th from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in downtown Findlay.

The festival will take place along three blocks along Main Street this year, from Main Cross to Hardin Street.

(in the pic above a guy participates in the Stein Endurance competition)



Ohio State Details Changes Ahead Of Home Opener

Ohio State is letting fans know what they can expect when they return to Ohio Stadium for Saturday’s home opener against Oregon.

Athletic Director Gene Smith is encouraging everyone to get there early on game day, saying new ticketing operations and construction around campus could lead to unexpected delays.

In August, Ohio State announced updated mask guidance, plans to go cashless, mobile ticketing and more.

Masks will be required in all interior public spaces in Ohio Stadium, which includes the Huntington Club, elevators, first aid rooms, restrooms and press box.

Masks will not be required for outdoor public spaces, which include the entry gates, concourses, concession stands and the seating bowl.

Fans will no longer receive their game tickets in the mail and instead will display their tickets on their mobile device.

Ohio State says mobile tickets offer contactless entry into Ohio Stadium and greater convenience and safety.

University officials detailed the changes on Tuesday ahead of the Saturday game with Oregon.


Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Hancock County

[WFIN] – Hancock Public Health has announced that the first mosquitoes collected in Hancock County tested positive for West Nile virus. The Ohio Department of Health reported the positive tests came from mosquito pools collected in Swale Park.

Hancock Public Health shared mosquito protection information with the Parks and Recreation department. They will also step up efforts to control adult mosquitoes in targeted locations.

Hancock Public Health urges you to protect yourself from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. You can also use insect repellent containing DEET and wear loose, light-colored clothing when outside.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, vomiting, swollen lymph glands and a rash on your chest, stomach, or back. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider.

UPDATE: Three Robbed At Gunpoint In Leipsic, Suspect In Custody

[WFIN] – Three people were robbed at gunpoint at separate times over the weekend in Leipsic. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received the call around 3 a.m. Saturday. The suspect took cash and the victims’ cell phones.

The victims identified the suspect in a photo line up as 18-year-old Isaiah Oliver of Leipsic.

Findlay police arrested Oliver without incident Monday.

He was taken to the Putnam County Jail.