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Lessons in public safety

Officer Brent Riley of Tiffin Police Department shows a police cruiser to Bailey Seery (foreground), 3, and her cousin, Atley Hess, 4, at the police station Monday afternoon. The girls visited the police and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division stations while spending time downtown with their ...

Betts

Park district names chief

Sarah Betts of North Baltimore says she knew she wanted to work in parks since she was in sixth grade. Her dream took another step upward Monday when she was hired as Seneca County Park District’s new director. “Ever since sixth grade, I’ve been doing everything I can to be a ...

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Thomas Nicholson, attorney for Matthew A. Keckler, delivers an opening statement during Keckler’s trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Monday afternoon.

Man stands trial on sex charges

The trial for a Tiffin man accused of committing sex crimes involving a girl started in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Monday. In August, Matthew A. Keckler, 32, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, ...

Thomas Lake

Fostoria 4th Ward

FOSTORIA — Three people are running in the May 2 primary for the Fostoria Fourth Ward city council seat. The top two vote-getters in the primary are to advance to the General Election Nov. 7. Incumbent Thomas Lake, who has been on council for 13 years, said the role of local government is ...

License suspended for life

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley imposed a lifetime driver’s license suspension for a Bloomville man convicted of his 14th offense of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Charles E. Howell, 61, had entered a written plea of guilty to a charge of ...

Paula Dillon

Fostoria 1st Ward

This story is being reprinted from the Monday paper due to a production error. FOSTORIA — Fostoria voters have three options at the polls May 2 for the First Ward city council seat. After the primary election, the top two vote-getters will proceed to the general election Nov. ...

Man sentenced

A Tiffin man was sentenced to community control during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom. Jesse E. Hurst, 38, entered written pleas of guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one third-degree felony and one fourth-degree felony; ...

Tiffin woman pleads guilty

A Tiffin woman pleaded guilty to a charge in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom. Cassidy N. Kendrick, 29, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of theft from a person in a protected class, a fifth-degree felony, court records state. The case ...

Woman, officer bitten by dog

A dog was to be quarantined after dog bites Sunday, according to a Tiffin Police Department report. About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a woman reported a smaller-breed dog from 96 Franklin St. had bitten her about a hour earlier. The woman wanted to speak with an officer. An officer also was bitten by ...

Hopewell-Loudon BOE to meet today

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting at 7 p.m. today in the school’s conference room to consider the investigation of a complaint against a staff member.

Man charged

FOSTORIA — A man was charged with felonious assault Monday afternoon. According to a Fostoria Police Department report, a person reported about 12:30 p.m. a person with a baseball bat was attempting to assault another person. A baseball bat was recovered. Jordan J. Fuller, 20, was ...

Vera Bradley game night to be May 7

SYCAMORE —Sycamore United Church of Christ youth group is to host a Vera Bradley game night at 6 p.m. May 7 at Mohawk High School, 295 SH 231. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Prizes include Vera Bradley purses, bags and accessories. Tickets are to be sold at the door. Game boards cost $20 for 15. ...

Terra board to meet

FREMONT — Terra State Community College Board of Trustees is to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, 2830 Napoleon Road.

Commissioners to meet today

Seneca County commissioners are to meet at 10 a.m. today at the commissioners’ office, 111 Madison St. In old business, the board is to discuss the joint justice center and evaluate applications for a $50,000 Ohio History Connection Grant. During new business, the board is to ...

Primary election – Fostoria City Council

Fostoria voters have three options at the polls May 2 for the first ward city council seat. After the primary election, the top two vote-getters will proceed to the general election Nov. 7. Incumbent Paula Dillon, who has been on council for eight years, is running for re-election. She said ...

Two female brown-headed cowbirds perch on a branch at Forrest Nature Preserve, 701 E. CR 6. Photos such as this may be entered in Seneca County Parks District's 17th annual photo contest by June 30.

Take a shot at a photo award

If you have a camera and time to spare, now is the time to get out and take some photos of the surrounding parks, as Seneca County Park District is hosting its 17th annual photo contest. The deadline to send in photos is 4 p.m. June 30, said Program Director Linda Rose. There is a $5 entry fee ...

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John Kramer helps his niece, Aubrey Siesel (left), and nephew, Weston Miller, fly kites during the community Earth Day celebration Sunday afternoon at St. Francis' Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. Among the other activities were a scavenger hunt, tree climbing and wagon rides.

Earth Day

PHOTO BY SETH WEBER John Kramer helps his niece, Aubrey Siesel (left), and nephew, Weston Miller, fly kites during the community Earth Day celebration Sunday afternoon at St. Francis' Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. Among the other activities were a scavenger hunt, tree climbing and wagon rides.

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Tiffin Police Department Officer Drew Westenbarger investigates a single-vehicle accident at 95 Sycamore Street Friday evening.

Car strikes pole in Tiffin

A woman crashed into a pole in the first block of Sycamore Street Saturday evening. Joy L. Heninger-Smith, 53, of Whitehouse, was driving a Hyundai Sonata south on Sycamore Street when she hit a pole while distracted on her phone, Tiffin Police Department Officer Drew Westenbarger. Tiffin ...

Briefly, April 23

Corporate One merges with First Defiance FOSTORIA — First Defiance Financial Corp., of Defiance, has acquired Corporate One Benefits Agency Inc., of Fostoria. The Fostoria business is to become part of First Defiance’s subsidiary insurance agency, First Insurance Group. Corporate One is ...

St. Wendelin High closing

FOSTORIA — St. Wendelin Catholic High School will close June 30, following a drop in enrollment, according to a release by Matt Meyers, director of the parish and school. The release states the decision was made by the St. Wendelin Parish Finance Council, the St. Wendelin Catholic Schools ...