Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Black Swamp Golf Classic Committee presented the Findlay Family YMCA with a large check Wednesday.

The check amounted to $66,500 to support programs at the YMCA. The Braden Kramer Foundation, which supports families affected by pediatric cancer, and the Putnam County YMCA will also receive checks of that amount.

The money was raised during the 20th Annual Black Swamp Classic.

Findlay Woman Indicted In Mt. Blanchard Man’s Death

[WFIN] – A Hancock County grand jury indicted a Findlay woman in the July 4 death of 22-year-old Boe Bushong of Mt. Blanchard. The Courier’s Kathryne Rubright reports 29-year-old Ashlie Velasquez has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

The indictment alleges that Velasquez used deadly force “while under the influence of sudden passion or in a sudden fit of rage” after Bushong provoked her.

Bushong was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest. Velasquez allegedly disposed of the handgun he was shot with.

Velasquez reported the shooting. She ignored the dispatcher when asked who shot Bushong and said, “He’s about to die.”

She was arrested 8 days later after the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office sought her as a “person of interest.”

Sheriff Mike Heldman referred questions about the case to Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Reigle. He added that more charges are possible.

Riegle was unavailable for comment.

Louisiana Man Indicted On Attempted Abduction Charge In Findlay

[WFIN] – A Hancock County grand jury indicted a Louisiana man on an attempted abduction charge. 34-year-old Jeff Moreno is accused of attempting to abduct a woman on Trenton Avenue in Findlay on June 28.

Officers arrested Moreno that day after he talked to a woman at Mr. Twister and then tried to get her into his truck at Pizza Hut.

The woman said she did not know Moreno.

He was arrested later that evening on North Main Street.

Arlington Man Faces Second Attempted Murder Charge For Hatchet Attack

[WFIN] – The Arlington man that allegedly attacked his girlfriend and her teen daughter with a hatchet faces another attempted murder charge.

37-year-old Brandon Pinks is accused of assaulting Breanna Lemos and her daughter Arianna Teague in April. He allegedly used a hatchet to attack the two.

Pinks was charged with attempted murder for assaulting Teague in April. The Courier reports that he now faces the same charge for the assault of Lemos. Lemos remained in critical condition after the attack.

Pinks also faces several other charges from the April 1 attack. This includes grand theft of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, and possessing criminal tools.

He has been held in the Hancock County Jail since April 1.

More: Man indicted on second attempted murder charge for hatchet attack

Semi Crashes Into Historic School Building, Causing Extensive Damage

(ONN) – A semi slammed into an old school building that’s being used as a museum in Marion, causing extensive damage.

The driver blew a front tire on Tuesday, lost control and crashed through the side of the historic Linn schoolhouse.

The driver is okay.

Built in 1897, the building operated as a one-room schoolhouse until 1942.

Brandi Wilson, the director of the Marion County Historical Society, says the school is a beloved part of the community and people come from all over to check it out.

“To see it and pass it and know it’s there, it’s kind of like a comfort. You know you’re back in Marion, that you’re home. It’s one of the landmarks you look for.”

She says the school is now a museum that many kids visit to learn about the past, and she dedicates her weekends showing people what education was like more than 100 years ago.

She says it’s a sad time for the Marion County Historical Society but they will fix the damage.


New Medical Center Opening In Wyandot County

(WFIN) – A new medical center will be opening soon in Carey.

Details are in the following media release from Blanchard Valley Health System.

The Carey Medical & Diagnostic Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will be opening on August 5, 2019. The building consists of Carey Medical Center (family medicine), Carey Diagnostics Center (lab, EKG and imaging services) and Carey Specialty Clinic (rotating medical specialists). The new location is at 930 Sheriden Drive (Carey).

Carey natives, Dr. Troy Puckett and Dr. Robert Puckett will be providing an array of primary care services to the region. Both physicians are now welcoming patients of all ages. To make an appointment, please call 419.396.7683.

Patients will no longer have to travel for x-rays, EKG or lab services. The Carey Diagnostic Center is a convenient option for those individuals with a busy schedule. Appointments can be made by calling 419.396.0585.

The Carey Specialty Clinic will be featuring services in cardiology, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopedics, pain management, neurosurgery and urology. For more information, please call 419.396.0567.

“We are thankful for our donors and supporters that made this new building possible,” commented Paul Siefker, director of primary care services for Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. “There are many exceptional opportunities in this area, and we are proud to bring services to the community that will benefit generations of families.”

For more information about Carey Medical & Diagnostic Center, please visit

Governor DeWine Signs Law Legalizing Industrial Hemp

(ONN) – A new agricultural commodity industry will soon be coming to Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill this week that legalizes industrial hemp and products made from its active ingredient, cannabidiol or CBD.

That means that stores can now stock CBD oils and other products.

Farmers won’t be able to plant a hemp crop until Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda writes the rules governing the program.

Pelanda said she anticipates it’ll take about six months to write the rules and get them cleared by lawmakers.

Another Ohio City Challenging State Law On Traffic Camera Use

(ONN) – Another Ohio city is challenging the latest state law aimed at traffic camera use.

The City of Dayton is asking a Montgomery County judge to block the law that requires cities to report revenues from fines collected through traffic camera use to the state, with the state then reducing payments to local governments by the same amount.

A similar suit is pending by the city of Toledo.

Legal battles over traffic camera use have been going on across Ohio for years.

Recently, to the southeast of Cincinnati, motorists cited for speeding filed a federal lawsuit against the Ohio river town of New Richmond for using traffic cameras.

Some municipalities say the cameras improve traffic safety and help stretch law enforcement resources.

Critics argue the cameras are simply aimed at pumping revenue into local budgets while trampling motorists’ rights.

The City of Findlay does not use traffic cameras for enforcement and says tickets can only be issued by police officers.

Low Attendance At Public Comment Hearing For Findlay Police Department

[WFIN] – Only three people came to the podium to share their opinions on the Findlay Police Department during a public hearing Tuesday. Two people shared good opinions of the police force.

One person voiced some negative views of the police force.

Another person shared some negative views of the police force but didn’t want to come to the podium. The hearing was part of the process to get Findlay Police Department accredited through the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

All Hazards Training Center Offering Free Training To Celebrate 30 Years Of Business

[WFIN] – The University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center is celebrating 30 years of business in September with free hazwoper training. Director of Operations John Kayser said that the training is needed for anyone that has hazmat training.

Kayser said that the free offer is limited to 25 people. The training will be on September 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the All Hazards Training Center on Fostoria Avenue. You can register by calling 419-434-5747.

They will also have an open house available for the community to tour their facility afterward from 4 to 6 p.m.