Brothers await sentencing in arson case

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Twin brothers are among the four juveniles awaiting sentencing after admitting to roles in a series of late-March arson fires in Wood County. Alex and Andrew Crawford, both 16, appeared before a judge in Huron County Juvenile and Probate Court...

Toledo man charged with possession of cocaine, pills

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A suspicious package led area law enforcement right to the doorstep of a Bettsville residence Wednesday, just in time to confiscate more than 4,000 prescription drugs. Devante Woods, 23, of Toledo, was arrested Wednesday and charged with...

Not even for a minute

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER As temperatures rise throughout the summer months, so do the number of children who tragically die after being left inside scorching hot automobiles. Since 1990, at least 755 children have died from heat stroke after being left inside a...

Tie vote tables boundary ordinance

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council could not reach an agreement Tuesday on an ordinance granting the detachment of property from the municipal boundaries of the city. At-Large Councilman Brian Shaver, who has consistently voted “no” on the...

City seeks citizen solutions on deficit

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Officials are hoping Fostorians bring fresh ideas on the city’s budget crisis to an informal meeting set for later this month in council chambers. Mayor Eric Keckler will host a special town hall meeting at 5:45 p.m. June 21 to discuss...

Grant offers downtown businesses a make-over

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Last year, several downtown businesses received a much-needed makeover thanks to more than $14,000 in grant funding from the Community Improvement Corporation. And after seeing last year’s success, CIC Chairperson Renee Smith thought...

State outlines how city must get out of the red

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The state auditor’s office came to town Wednesday to address the substantial deficit responsible for putting Fostoria in fiscal distress. Last week, State Auditor Dave Yost placed Fostoria under a fiscal emergency, citing a year-end...

Ohio auditor representative in town today

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The state auditor’s office will be in town this evening to address Fostoria’s dire financial status with city officials and the community at large. Belinda Miller from the office of State Auditor Dave Yost will be the featured...

Taser, Taser, Taser

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER It wasn’t until the third time Fostoria Police Officer Evan Ely shouted “Taser” when I really started to regret my decision. But by then, it was much too late. Fifty-thousand volts of electricity hit me like a truck, right in...

Fostoria joins Ohio Checkbook program

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria became the first city in Seneca, Hancock and Wood counties on Thursday to join Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Ohio Checkbook program. City Auditor Steve Garner joined Mandel and Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg in...