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Man charged with inducing panic

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday regarding a man who made comments about hurting himself and others, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The sheriff’s office dispatched deputies to Hopewell-Loudon School at that time, according to the report.

Deputies spoke to a woman at Wendy’s, 535 W. Market St., who was in contact with the man, the report states. She said the man planned to go to Wendy’s, it states.

The sheriff’s office then contacted Tiffin Police Department about sending officers to Wendy’s and another location, it states.

Sgt. Jared Watson of Tiffin Police Department said Tiffin police officers were able to make contact with the man just after 11 a.m.

“Our officers were able to talk him into meeting with them and they were able to de-escalate the situation,” Watson said. “Our officers did a fantastic job of locating the man and recommending some mental health resources.

“The young man had suicidal thoughts and there was concern that he may go to the school,” Watson said. “However, at no point in time were any Hopewell-Loudon students in danger.”

Watson said there were no weapons found in the man’s possession.

He said the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office charged the man with inducing panic, based on their investigation.

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