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March 18, 2019

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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.

Accident at SR 235 and 309

Phillip Barttels, 79, off Ada was taken by LifeFlight to St. Rita’s Hospital following an accident at SR 235 and 309 on Wednesday afternoon. The hospital staff labeled his condition as stable on Thursday evening.

The Sheriff’s department reported that Battels was driving a 2013 Ford Fusion north on SR 235 when the driver lost control, struck the guardrail of a bridge, began to roll, and landed in a nearby creek. Battels was extricated from the vehicle and flown to the Lima hospital.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Large amount of meth and lab seized near Roundhead

The Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant Wednesday after a lengthy investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics.  The address of the search warrant was 16925 Twp Rd 39 in Roundhead Township. 


Upon searching the location an active meth lab was discovered, rendered safe and dismantled. The Task Force also seized 360 grams of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of over $10,000.


There was also marijuana and heroin seized along with other drug paraphernalia and scales used in the sale of illegal narcotics. 


Kenton man dies in crash

Joseph Wayne Hovey, 45, of Kenton died in a car-semi crash on SR 68 north of Kenton at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded to the 7000 block of State Route 68, north of Kenton at 8:02 pm. A maroon Pontiac was traveling south bound on State Route 68 and started to pass a semi-truck. As the Pontiac entered into the north bound lane, the north bound International semi-truck hit the Pontiac.  Hovey was pronounced dead at the scene. Both vehicles came to stop in fields on each side of the roadway.


The driver of the commercial truck, David Cherry of Windsor, Canada was treated and released at the scene. 


Arrest warrant obtained for 302 robbery suspect

Lima man held in Miami County Jail

Ada police report that an arrest warrant was obtained today for the arrest of Clark E. Sturgeon, 42 of Lima, for the robbery of the 302 Carryout in Ada on Jan. 3.

Police report that robbery, a felony of the 3rd degree, included an undisclosed amount of money.

Sturgeon is being housed in the Miami County Jail, Troy, on unrelated charges.

The robbery occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 and was caught on a surveillance camera.

The Ada Police Department had assistance from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation in processing evidence left behind by the subject at the carryout.