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February 27, 2020

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2 die in crash Sunday night

Two Indiana residents died in a head-on crash at 9:44 p.m. on Sunday on SR 117 south of Holden. The unincorporated village of Holden is located between Alger and Roundhead, west of SR 235.


A southbound car crashed head-on with a pickup truck. The occupants of the car, Marcus Daniel Cory, 33, Ft. Wayne, and Michelle Hakey, 29, Columbia City, were pronounced dead at the scene


Occupants of the pickup truck were taken by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo with serious injuries. They include the driver Sonia Kropaczewski-McNamara, 39, and two children, ages 5 and 9 months of Grand Junction, Michigan.


Sheriff’s Office warns of another phone scam

The scammers are at it again. If you recieve a call from the "IRS" stating a warrant has been issued for you PLEASE hang up. It is not real, they are scammers. the most recent number that the call came from is 313-550-4019

Wednesday is deadline to apply for Academy

Applications are still available for the Citizens Sheriff’s Academy slated for March 8 until April 26. The group will meet weekly on successive Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m.

The Academy is designed to provide a working knowledge of the Hardin County sheriff’s office.  It will explain and demonstrate the various aspects of the sheriff’s responsibilities using classroom discussion and hands-on participation.  Participants will observe and experience the talents, skills, diversity, and quality of the office.

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.