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January 19, 2020

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Search underway for missing youth

In the area of Township Road 55

By Monty Siekerman

A child is lost, and it’s getting dark.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, a helicopter hovers overhead. Many rescue and law enforcement are on hand looking for the child.

There are boats and scuba gear in case he is found in or near one of the many farm ponds that dot the territory.

Neighbors join in the search. ATVs prowl the countryside. Residents, even two miles away, have been notified to be on the watch. 

Hardin County Sheriff's is currently searching the area of 0726 TR 55 near Ada for a 13-year-old autistic male missing from the residence since approximately 3:30 pm.

Warning: Check cashing scam

The Hardin County sheriff’s office has received calls regarding a  check cashing scam affecting local residents. An ad was placed in the Kenton Times seeking Home Health Care workers. After responding to the ad, two Hardin County residents received text messages from a Katherine Dunn followed by the receipt of a check in the amount of $1650 each; mailed to the victims by priority mail.

The checks were drawn on Michigan First Credit Union in Lathrup Village, Mich. The victims were instructed to keep $400 and return the rest to an unknown address in Massachusetts.

“Human trafficking is real and in our area”

Statement from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart

Here’s a statement from Sheriff Keith Everhart about being suspicious and and asking residents to be alert to human trafficking:

“Folks, Hardin County experienced something this past week that makes me ill. A local business in the county had a man who was a truck driver stop in to purchase food. The man asked a lot of very inquisitive questions in regards to who everyone was at the establishment.

“He also wanted assistance carrying the food to his truck. Now mind you, nothing he did was illegal; however, it does seem suspicious when it comes to human trafficking. Folks I cannot tell you enough that human trafficking is real and in our area.

Body of Hugh Ries discovered in crawl space

Sunday afternoon fire near Alger

The search for the missing person believed to have been entrapped in his burning home at 0529 Hardin County Road 80 has concluded with the discovery of his body in the badly-burned structure, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of Hugh Ries, 65, was discovered at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Monday in a crawl space beneath rubble of the collapsed kitchen.

Hardin County 911 Dispatch received a report at 4:21 p.m. on Sunday of a fire and possible entrapment at the Alger address. Mr. Rise was the only person known to be at home at the time.

Ada-Liberty Township fire-EMS called to Alger house fire

Whereabouts of resident is unknown

The Ada-Liberty Township Fire and EMS was called to a two-alarm fire that destroyed the residence of Hugh and Eilma Reis, 0532 Hardin County Road 80 on Sunday evening.

Hardin County dispatch received a call at approxiimately 4:21 p.m. on Sunday. The call reported fire and heavy smoke coming from the house. The caller mentioned that someone may be entrapped.

According to the sheriff's office Mr. Reis is the only persons believed to be in the houseB at the time of the fire. Earlier this morning he had not be located and his whereabouts were unknown.

Applications available for Citizen Sheriff’s Academy

This year’s Citizen Sheriff’s Academy is slated for March 8-April 26 with weekly meetings held on Thursdays from 6-8:30 pm. The Academy is designed to provide a working knowledge of the Hardin County sheriff’s office.

Academy instructors will explain and demonstrate the various aspects of the sheriff’s responsibilities using classroom discussions and hands-on participation.

Those 18 years old or older may apply at the sheriff’s office beginning Feb. 14. Cost is $30. For more information, call Chief Deputy Dennis Burns at 419- 673-1268 Ext. 2144.